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Balcony fire spreads to attic

Update -- 7:30 p.m.

Kelowna fire crews say they saw black smoke billowing out of the townhouse upon arriving at the scene on Mills Road. 

The fire had begun to extend into the eaves, but was quickly knocked down and all smoke damage was contained to a single unit in the 8-plex.

There were no injuries and no pets were caught up in the fire. All other residents were allowed to return to the building except for one person who lived in the unit affected by the blaze. 

KFD responded with 2 Engines, Ladder truck, 1 Rescue truck, and a command vehicle. 14 personnel in total responded to the scene with assistance from BCAS, RCMP, and Fortis Electrical.

The fire does not appear to be suspicious and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Kelowna Fire department fire investigators are on the scene to determine the cause of fire.

Original story -- 5:15 p.m.

A unit on the top floor of a two-story apartment building on Mills Road caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

Kelowna fire crews managed to get on the scene quickly and attack the blaze from the outside with a hose.

“Engine three came in and hit the fire quickly with the hose. They were able to knock it down enough for the ground attack team to go in and ensure it did not spread further,” say Fire Captain Eric Simpson, who adds the fire is contained to the one top floor unit.

Simpson says as far as they can tell, the fire started on the balcony and spread into the attic.  At this time they do not know what started the fire on the balcony but say no one was home and no pets or animals were inside.

As for fire damage, Simpson says it is not too extensive.

“The ceiling was ripped out for at least 10-feet as it did spread into the attic but the damage should not be too bad.”

Fire investigators are on their way to determine a cause.


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