Fire puts one man in hospital

7 a.m. update: A man is in hospital with burns after a fire in a garage by 126 Hartman Rd. in Kelowna Tuesday night.

A garage, which was attached to a townhouse complex, was fully involved when crews arrived. Quick action by the suppression personnel confined the fire to the garage area of the complex. One male was treated by BCAS for burns and transported to KGH.

Fire crews turned the scene over to a Kelowna Fire Department Investigator to determine a cause and at this time the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Emergency Social Services is looking after some of the occupants of the townhouse complex who were displaced.

1 a.m. update Wednesday:

Fire officials say at least one unit in the condo complex in the 100 block of Hartman Rd. was smoke damaged. The people who lived there will not be able to stay in it until it is cleaned up. They are being looked after by emergency services personnel. Other residents who live next to the damaged condo may be able to return to their homes.

As of 1 a.m. there were still four fire engines, a fire support truck, four police vehicles, two FortisBC vehicles and an ambulance on scene.

We do not have any reports of injuries.

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12:15 a.m. Wednesday: The Kelowna fire department responded to a fire at 126 Hartman Rd. in Rutland late Tuesday night.

The fire started at around 11:15 p.m. and by midnight crews had the fire knocked down.

Witnesses report seeing flames from several blocks away, they say the fire started in the garage.

Several people from the apartment complex were forced out into the cold as their homes were being threatened by the flames.  

We will have more details as they become available.

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