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Paynter Road house fire

Update 12:45 p.m.

Glen Hauser and his cousins Eddie and Gary are being lauded as heroes today after saving a woman and her dog from a burning house.

The fire on Paynter Road in West Kelowna was called in about 8:45 a.m. Monday.

"My cousin was walking down from the back of his place when he noticed the smoke," says Glen Hauser.

"He knew it was too big for a barbeque as we all ran over and the house was on fire."

Hauser says they began banging on the windows and yelling, asking if anyone was inside the home.

"I heard the dog barking so went to the back and banged on the window and saw the woman looking through the window," says Glen.

"I ripped the screen out... tried to get the dog out. She couldn't lift it so Eddie jumped in, helped get the dog out and the woman."

Eddie says he's just glad they were all there.

"She wouldn't have made it. My back is just killing me getting that dog out. The dog wouldn't come."

The woman was alone in the house at the time, she was still sleeping when the fire started.

Her husband had apparently already gone to work.

Glen Hauser says they had to get the dog, the woman and Eddie out through the window because the door was already too hot.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, however, Hauser says the woman indicated it could have started near the air conditioner in the living room.

Update -- 10:15 a.m.

A group of good Samaritans noticed smoke coming from a home on Paynter Road and immediately rushed to the scene, saving a woman and her dog.

Witnesses say they were forced to break a window in order to enter the house and get everyone out safely, as smoke filled the rooms. 

The fire is believed to have started at the front of the house, possibly in the air conditioner unit.

RCMP have roadblocks set up in the 3500 block of Paynter Road while fire crews work on a house fire.

The call came in about 8:45 a.m. Monday.

According to witnesses everyone got out safe and all pets were removed unharmed.

It appears as if much of the home has been destroyed by the fire.

Details to come.


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