A good Samaritan is being hailed as a hero after being the first to notice smoke pouring from the garage of a home in Kal Pine Estates, located in Lake Country.
Chris Jager was driving home from Kelowna on Highway 97 when he saw the smoke coming from a home near the highway and decided to investigate.
“Just as I came around the corner of the neighbourhood, (the garage) burst into flames,” says the 27-year-old Vernon resident.
The occupants of the home were making their way outside as Jager pulled up to the house, and he helped them move a truck parked outside the garage.
“The smoke was so intense, and then it just burst open and a couple of minutes after the flames were going, his truck started to smoke because the heat was so intense.”
Jager says the couple had left their keys inside the home, which was already filling up with smoke, so they attached a chain to the truck and pulled if away from the flames.
Then Jager ran to the neighbouring homes – knocking on windows and doors – to alert other residents of the fire and ensure no one else was in danger.
At this point the fire trucks had arrived and Jager helped them unroll the hoses before volunteers with the Lake Country Fire Department took over the scene.