Like many other motorists on the road Wednesday morning, the president of Campion Marine learned about the fire at Northern Lite Mfg. while on his way to work.
Brock Elliott was driving into Kelowna from Winfield when he first spotted the large plume of smoke. He pulled over on Totom Road and recognized a few of the workers. Passing along his business card, he told them to make sure their boss called him if there was anything he could do to help.
“It’s the old story, you wouldn’t want to wear their shoes. Basically what it came down to was, if we can help them, then let’s help them,” says Elliott.
“We’re not competitors. They’re building campers and we’re building boats. We’re both working in fiberglass."
Campion Marine is located just around the corner from Northern Lite and has the room to accommodate their campers. in fact they have over five acres and 100,000 square feet of warehouse space.
Offering many of the same tools needed to build fiberglass campers the fit seemed natural, Elliott calls it a win-win situation.
“All I know is they were good people. They’re a family business, I knew they were good people and that’s basically it,” he says.
“I had a couple of key questions (for the owners) and once they answered them to my satisfaction, I just said ‘we’d like to help you out’.”
While nothing has been decided upon, Elliott doesn’t see there being any problems working in the same space together and expects to know more by early next week.
The fire department released this statement about the cause.
Fire Investigators from the Kelowna Fire Department and representatives from two insurance companies have concluded their investigation of the Fire at 322 Totem Ave. that occurred February 26, at 05:30 a.m..
"There has been no determination of cause and origin. Damage to the building was extensive. An area of the origin within was determined, but excessive heat and the roof collapsing into the building left few indicators as to the cause," reports Dale Calhoun, Platoon Captain for the Kelowna Fire Department.