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Fire at Twisted Tomato

Update 2:15 p.m.:

Kelowna Fire has completed their investigation on the fire this morning at Twisted Tomato.

"At this time, the fire has been deemed accidental," says Deputy Fire Chief Jason Brolund.
 
He adds that this a stern example that a working fire alarm is key.

"The fire department would like to take this opportunity to remind business owners of the value of a working fire alarm system. Homeowners should also ensure they have working smoke alarms. These devices can save lives and help protect property if you are faced with a fire in your home or business," writes Brolund.

The exact cause of the fire is still unknown. 


Update -- 9:15 a.m.

Owner Jason Troll appeared heart broken as he surveyed the scene at his restaurant, the Twisted Tomato, on Monday morning.

He says there was 'extensive damage' done to the inside of the building and early indications are that a load of rags in the dryer may have sparked the blaze.

However Troll remains optimistic, and says he will re-open once again, although the restaurant will need a complete renovation.


Just after 2:30 a.m. this morning the Kelowna Fire Department responded to a blaze at the Twisted Tomato, located at 371 Bernard Ave.

When the first engine company arrived on scene there was black smoke coming from the front door, but no one was in the building.

Attack crews advanced hose lines into the building to extinguish the fire. Positive ventilation was set up on either side of the restaurant to help control smoke from entering other businesses located on either side.

There was extensive fire damage to the Twisted Tomato, but crews were able to contain the blaze to the restaurant, and no other businesses were damaged.

The Kelowna fire department responded with 18 personnel, three engines, one ladder, one rescue vehicle,  and assistance from the RCMP, BCAS, FortisBC gas and electric.

A Kelowna Fire department investigator will on scene this morning to determine the cause of the fire. It is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

An employee at The Bread Company next door says they had no issues opening up this morning, but did have to air out their restaurant due to a lingering smell of smoke.

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