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Fire sends one to hospital

One person was sent to hospital after a fire destroyed a mobile home in the Kalview trailer park near Vernon Friday morning.

Fire services said the lone female occupant was alerted to the fire by a smoke detector. She soon discovered the alarm was triggered because the deck on the front of her home was engulfed in flames.

The front of the home, the garage and the woman's car -- parked in the carport -- were all torched by the inferno.

A neighbour's house was also slightly damaged before firefighters were able to knock the blaze down.

Alan Wilson lives in Vernon and co-owns the home with his daughter. He said he was driving past the hospital in Vernon when he saw the smoke.

"I thought something was burning on the highway, but it wasn't on the highway at all," he said.

"It's all my daughter's stuff in there. She's lost everything."

Vera Shaw saw the smoke from across the lake and thought it looked close to her sister Marilyn's house. It turned out to be directly beside her home.

"I saw the smoke and tried to get hold of my sister and couldn't, I guess she had already been evacuated," she said. 

"The children were at school and the lady was taken to the hospital."

Debbie Wilson who lives down the hill from the trailer park said she heard two loud bangs before seeing the plume of smoke.

"By the time I came up, everybody was OK - the next door neighbour I'm going to keep in my home for a little while, so she has a place to go."

The fire was reported just before 9 a.m.; firefighters are still trying to determine the cause.

More details to follow.


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