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Neighbours douse porch fire

The quick action of neighbours helped put out a fire on the back porch of a home on Ensign Way in West Kelowna Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started sometime around 4:30 p.m.

Assistant West Kelowna Fire Chief, Darren Lee, says neighbours were able to help contain the fire to the porch.

"The fire started on the rear deck of the house and burned up the wall," says Lee.

"Neighbours were actually able to knock it down with a garden hose by the time we got here. Our crews primary concern was whether the fire spread into the attic because there is quite a bit of smoke around the eaves."

Lee says crews were able to determine the fire had not spread into the attic and to make sure there was nothing left in the wall.

Firefighters set up fans outside the home to vent out any smoke that was still remaining inside the residence.

Lee expects residents will be able to return inside once the smoke was cleared.

As for a cause, Lee says no determination has yet been made although he does say the fire started in a planter on the back deck.


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