Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

UPDATE 16:20

The Kelowna Fire Department is back at the scene of a house fire this morning on Fuller Avenue.

The fire has flared up again and has put a cloud of white smoke up over the neighborhood. The fire brigade is now flooding the home with water and has the situation under control.

It is believed that the fire continued to smolder in the fire opening between the duplex units and moved into the attic.

The home will now be monitored for the next 24 hours to ensure that any hot spots do not flare up again.


UPDATE AT 12:04

No one was injured in a house fire early in the morning on the 900 block of Fuller Avenue in Kelowna on Tuesday.

All four residents in the duplex, including those in the house next door, who suffered some damage to the siding, came out to safety.

A resident of the fully involved duplex told Castanet that his roommate was still asleep when the fire broke out just before 6 p.m. 8, but a neighbor came to warn him of the fire. According to Platoon Captain Tim Light, working fire alarms also played a factor in everyone’s safety.

“They worked properly, one tenant said they heard the smoke detector, so yes, smoke alarms save lives,” Light said.

The Kelowna Fire Department responded with four engines, a rescue vehicle, a command truck and a safety vehicle along with 20 crew members.

The fire was targeted by crews from outside and then extinguished with an inside attack. Firefighters are still on the scene as the rear of the structure was considered unsafe to overhaul.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is not thought to be suspicious. The four residents of the duplex are now in ESS custody.


UPDATE 9:37

The City of Kelowna Fire Department Captain Tim Light tells Castanet that they do not believe this fire is suspicious at this time, but a fire investigator has been called in to complete a full investigation.

One of the occupants of the home tells Castanet that they believe the fire may have been triggered by a defective heater, which was lit because it was a cool night.

The fire caused severe damage to the rear of the home as well as the garage, and there was also damage to a neighboring house.


UPDATE 9:20

The house fire on Fuller Ave. has now been extinguished and the fire department is working to soak up the place.

Emergency Support Services are also on site to help those who have been displaced due to the fire.

Kelowna Fire has called for an investigator to try to determine the cause of the fire.

A group of young men living in the affected house were not injured.


UPDATE 8:37

Firefighters are working to put out a fire in a 900-acre residential building on Fuller Ave. near Graham St.

The residential home is fully involved and the fire appears to have started just before 8 p.m.

The fire department has called in an investigator to assess the location when the fire is under control.

Neighbors tell Castanet that they believe the home is occupied, but no one from the home was seen on the spot.


ORIGINAL 8:18

The Kelowna Fire Department is dealing with a structural fire in the Fuller Avenue and Graham Road area.

The fire is believed to have originated from a home in the area and has put a large black smoke flag up over the city.

Castanet has a reporter on his way to the scene and will update.

By Victor

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