Grow-op fire doused

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 6 a.m.

The Kelowna Fire Department says the cause of a house fire at Rutland home Wednesday night has not been determined and is under investigation.

Crews arrived to find flames coming from the side of the home on the 400 block of McDonald Road and smoke and flames coming from the rear.

One person was home at the time of the fire, and two residents have been placed in the care of Emergency Social Services.

Investigators confirmed a marijuana grow operation at the home had been dismantled and power had been cut to the residence days earlier, says Platoon Capt. Scott Clarke. 

Crews entered the home and were able to extinguish the fire, which was contained to the rear deck and attic.

A total of 16 firefighters responded to the blaze.

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m.

Firefighters battled a blaze inside a marijuana grow-op at a Rutland home.

Platoon Capt. Scott Clarke said the fire started in the attic, but firefighters were pulled back once they determined it was a grow-op.

“There were smoke and flames showing from the structure,” said Clarke. "Upon looking inside, we found out it was a grow-op, at which point we pulled everybody back from the structure and took a defensive mode."

RCMP arrived and spoke to the owner of the house, who said it was a grow-op and that power was cut a few days ago.

No one was injured in the fire.

“The owner was inside and heard some popping and noticed flames from the ceiling and got out of the house," said Clarke.

Crews are inside pulling ceiling and getting at the fire.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

ORIGINAL: 9 p.m.

The roof of a home is on fire in Rutland.

Crews responded to the scene just before 9 p.m. near McDonald Road and Leathead Road.

It is not clear what caused the fire to start. 

Castanet is sending a reporter to the scene and will update once more information becomes available.

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