Fundraiser for fire victims

UPDATE 12:00 P.M. AUG 6, 2014

Five young adults are now homeless and have lost everything they owned after a fire gutted their home.

The Monday afternoon fire that destroyed their rental property also destroyed everything in it.

The landlord or homeowner had structural insurance but the five tenants were not insured.

In response, a friend of the family who has asked to remain anonymous has created an account with the hope the public will come to their aid.

She says all the adults in the home, including the man who burnt himself trying to warn the others, are hard working young adults who are now down on their luck.

The family friend says she even went and visited the property after the fire and says everything is completely destroyed by fire, smoke and water. Even claiming the water in the basement is knee deep.

Anyone who would like to help the victims of the fire can drop by any Bank of Montreal branch where a Fire Relief Account has been set up.

When you go to donate at any BMO branch quote the account number 0809-3951-310

AUG 4 - 4:45 p.m. update:

The Kelowna fire investigator has determined that the cause of this fire is due to smoking material. Damage to the house was extensive.

The owner does have insurance, the renters do not. Smoke alarms in house were not working at the time of fire.

1 p.m. update:

Platoon captain Dale Calhoun with the Kelowna Fire Department confirmed that the house is totally destroyed following a house fire that began around 12 p.m.

There are apparently four people renting the home and one of the occupants was asleep on the couch when the fire broke out.

When crews arrived it was fully involved and had reached from the basement to the attic of the home.

The house was a "complete write off" said Dale Calhoun. 

"No cause at this time, someone inside was sleeping on the couch and heard some bangs, could have been from the furnace area," said Calhoun. The investigation will start there. 

The fire was contained to the one house.

Reported explosions are currently suspected to be from the furnace said Calhoun, although it is unknown whether there were any propane or gas tanks in the building.

One person was injured by the blaze and was taken to hospital by BC Ambulance suffering from burn wounds to the hands and feet.

A house is fully engulfed in flames on Merrifield Road in Rutland. 

Emergency crews are on scene battling the blaze. A witness said he was told all occupants and animals escaped unharmed. That could not be confirmed by Kelowna Fire Department or RCMP.

At least one home is destroyed. 

More to come

Contributed Aubin Dorion


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