Sunday, September 14th15.0°C
22190
23237

Fire destroys house

A fire destroyed a house in Penticton on Saturday night.

Around 10:30 p.m. emergency crews responded to the south end of Martin street to find a house fully engulfed in flames.

By 11 p.m. the streets were full of bystanders and the fire appeared to be contained to the roof.

Firefighters were inside the house battling stubborn flames that kept igniting the attic area and roof.

Two engines, several RCMP cars and at least one ambulance responded.

Witnesses said they heard the flames from inside the apartment across the street. Then shouting.

They went outside to see the whole front of the house on fire.

RCMP said they were on-site to help maintain the scene. 

"There were no reported injuries, everyone in the house got out," one officer said. 

One resident of the house, walking around with a cat under one arm and a bag of cat food under the other, said he thought the fire may have been started by a candle.

Another resident said she was in the bath when the fire started and just had time to grab a few items and a sleeping child who was on crutches before escaping.

"No cards, no debit, no clothes, no money - we lost everything," she said. 

One cat did perish in the blaze. Firefighters brought it out of the house and tried to revive the animal in the driveway, but it passed away.

Neighbouring homes did not appear to be directly affected by the flames.

If you have pictures or video, send them to [email protected]

18810

COMMENTS WELCOME

Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.



Read more Penticton / S. Okanagan News

22598


Recent Trending



20007



20953






Castanet pays for news tips. Email us a news tip, photo, or video and your name will be in a draw for our weekly news tip prize $25. Email us [email protected]



22786


Penticton SPCA Featured Pet

Janice
Janice Penticton SPCA >



23204




South Okanagan Quick Links City of Penticton
Penticton Tourism
Penticton Transit
Okanagan Falls
Town of Oliver
Town of Osoyoos
Town of Keremeos
Interior Health
Okanagan College
Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
Penticton & Wine Country Chamber
Penticton Discussion Forum
District of Summerland
Summerland Chamber & Tourism
School District 67 - Okanagan Skaha
School District 53 - Okanagan Similkameen
Okanagan Regional Library
Township of Hedley



Member of BC Press Council


23147