Early morning fire destroys home
Aug 25, 2013 / 7:23 am
An early morning blaze sent one man to hospital and destroyed a heritage home on Burne Avenue.
The three-alarm fire broke out some time between 4:30 and 5 a.m. Sunday, leaving five people without a place to live, though at least one of those living in the dwelling is lucky to be alive.
The man was sent to Kelowna General Hospital with burns to his hands and suffering from smoke inhalation. There is no word on his condition, although his injuries were not considered serious.
The home, now a triplex, but formerly a single-family dwelling, located at 609 Burne Avenue, between Richter and Pandosy Streets, was built in 1905 and, according to the owner, who wished to remain anonymous, had recently gone through extensive renovations.
"We loved it, we always took care of it," said one of the five people who were residing in the home when the fire broke out.
Platoon Captain Dale Calhoun says the fire was well underway when crews began arriving, well before first light.
"When we first arrived we saw flames on the B-side (side of house)," he explained.
No cause for the blaze was determined at press time.
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