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Fire sends one to hospital

UPDATE 3:25 P.M. DEC 20 - A middle aged man was hospitalized after a fire burned the mobile home he was renting in Cawston Thursday night.

Fire Chief Jordy Bosscha with the Keremeos Fire Department said the call came in around 11:30 p.m., and 13 firefighters responded to the blaze at 665 Beecroft Avenue.

When they arrived on scene they found the trailer fully engulfed in flames, with the front of it and an addition sustaining the most damage.

The renter did receive some burns, but Bosscha said he didn't know how serious they were.

The man was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital by ambulance.

A man shovelling snow in front of the property Friday, said he was the landlord.

The man, who declined to give his name, said there have been problems with the renter before.

On several previous occasions he came running out with frying pans on fire. The renter has also had previous problems with alcohol, the landlord said.

The landlord actually evicted the man two months ago, but claims he was too soft hearted and let the man come back to stay.

"Then this is what happens, he burns my trailer down," he said.

The landlord believed the man had been discharged from the hospital as of Friday morning.

A woman who lives in another mobile home on the property said she heard the fire crackling on Thursday, before the firefighters arrived.

She said she had not lived there long and did not know the man who was burned.

Bosscha could not recall dealing with any other fires on the property. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.


ORIGINAL STORY 6:54 A.M. DEC 20 - A person had to be taken to hospital late Thursday night after a fire at a mobile home in Cawston.

The fire started in the home at 665 Beecroft Ave. at around 11:30 p.m.. The front half of the mobile home as well as an 8’ x 16’ addition were fully involved when the Keremeos Fire department arrived.

There were 13 firefighters, 2 fire trucks and 2 support vehicles on scene for about four hrs.

The occupant of the rented mobile home received burns and was transported to hospital.

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