Early morning house fire

A Naramata family is looking for a new place to live, after a fire damaged the home they were renting early Sunday.

Fire Chief Tony Trovao said they responded to the structure fire at 2365 Gammon Road at around 3 a.m.

When they arrived on scene they saw Dylan Lerner, the man who lived in the home, trying to extinguish the flames with a garden hose.

He was on the ground floor shooting water up on to the burning deck, and the middle section of the deck had already collapsed.

Firefighters knocked down the rest of the fire on the deck and put out flames that spread to the inside of the wall on the other side.

The fire also travelled into the attic and crews cut out a portion of the ceiling to put it out.

The fire was initially noticed by the wife in the family who woke up and smelled smoke. The rest of the family was able to get out safety.

Firefighters managed to rescue one dog trapped in its kennel inside the house, and other pets in the home were all OK.

In total, 12 firefighters from Naramata responded, with mutual aid from the Penticton Fire Department.

The family will need to find a new place to live and are currently being assisted by emergency social services, Trovao said.

Members of the Lerner family, as well as friends, were at the home on Monday, removing their belongings.

Friend Dana Sceviour said they will continue to help out as much as they can.

"If it were me, I would hope there were people who would help out. It's a crisis," she said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but definitely accidental. Trovao estimates a ball park figure of anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 in damages.

The situation could also have been much worse.

"There was no smoke detector. If the lady had not woken up, the outcome could have been very much different," says Trovao.


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