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Fire destroys trailer

A fire destroyed a large trailer on the Penticton Indian Reserve early Wednesday, according to Penticton Indian Band Fire Chief Barry Phillip.

Phillip said they received a dispatch around 7 a.m. and upon arriving at the location off Old Airport Road found the structure fully engulfed.

“We extinguished the fire and made sure no one is inside,” he said.

The owner was also at the scene and said the trailer was used occasionally.

A dog inside the structure did not make it, said Phillip.

Once a fire starts in a trailer, it is pretty hard to stop, because they have wood paneling, said Phillip.

This was not a situation where a family lost their home, although Phillip believed the family that owned the trailer went to the band office to talk about the incident.

Usually the community tries to help out, he said.

This is the first structure fire on the reserve in a long time.

“We have a lot of brush fires, car fires and forest fires, but not too many structure fires,” said Phillip.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

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