Business fire electrical

UPDATE 1:51 p.m.

Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Captain, John F. Kelly tells Castanet both Kelowna and Lake Country Fire Departments responded to fire alarms at a manufacturing business in the 9500 block of Haldane Rd. Thursday morning.

The 911 call came in just before 8:30 a.m. and the caller reported seeing visible flames and smoke in an electrical room inside the building. All occupants were evacuated and Kelly says, "an employee was able to suppress the fire with an extinguisher, just before fire crews arrived on scene."

The cause of the fire was deemed to be the result of a malfunctioning electrical cooling unit.

Kelly says, “working smoke detectors and CO alarms do save lives”

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.

A forklift operator at FormaShape fibreglass manufacturing in Lake Country tells Castanet a fire that broke out this morning happened just after 8 a.m.

Tobias says "I just finished my first break after my shift started at 5:30 a.m. and I smelled smoke and then pulled the fire alarm."  The building was evacuated shortly after and fire crews arrived to investigate.

"There was mostly just smoke and I used the fire extinguisher to put the blaze in the electrical panel out," says Tobias.

Workers are now back on the job and the situation has returned to normal

UPDATE 9 a.m.

Fire crews have returned to base after smoke from an electrical panel caused the evacuation of a commercial building at 9505 Haldane  Road in Lake Country.

Officials now believe they have the situation under control.

ORIGINAL 8:30 a.m.

Fire crews are responding to reports of a building on fire in Lake Country at 9505 Haldane Road.

Multiple units have responded and early reports indicate the building is being evacuated and there is smoke coming from an electrical panel.

The building is a large commercial structure Castanet will have more information as soon as it becomes available.


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