Fatal blaze accidental

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 9:48 p.m.

A house fire in which a woman died has been deemed accidental.

“RCMP fire investigators have now fully completed their examination of the scene,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP. “At this time, RCMP are classifying the fire as accidental. As investigational findings at that scene have led police to believe the tragic blaze to be electrical and non-criminal in nature.”

On March 13, at 5:05 a.m., RCMP were called upon to assist the Kelowna Fire Department with a fully engulfed residential structure fire in the 2600 block of Springfield Road in Kelowna.

The RCMP continue to support the BC Coroners Service. Due to the privacy of the deceased, the Coroners Service does not release or confirm identity.

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP have confirmed the body of a woman was discovered inside a home destroyed by fire on Springfield Road early Tuesday morning.

“Witnesses at the scene have told police that four occupants, including a man, a woman and 2 children were observed fleeing from their home to safety,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“Investigators believe that the woman re-entered the residence for an unconfirmed reason. Tragically she was not seen re-exiting the home.”

A neighbour says the woman re-entered the home to retrieve a family pet.

O'Donaghey says the body of a deceased female was located during an interior search of the residence conducted by emergency fire crews.

He adds a passerby noticed the blaze, drove his vehicle into the home's driveway and repeatedly honked his horn to alert those sleeping inside.

RCMP are securing the scene.

UPDATE: 9 a.m.

A house fire on Springfield Road in Kelowna this morning appears to have claimed a life.

A neighbour tells Castanet he saw a woman run back into the burning home to retrieve a family pet.

The woman was not seen coming back out.

Another neighbour told Castanet the fire woke her up just before 5 a.m.

"I was sleeping and I heard this sort of boom, boom, boom, and I thought who the hell at this time of the morning is sitting outside my house with a boom box in their car, because it wasn't moving," she said.

"Then I heard a scream, so I dashed out of bed and looked out the window. The house was fully engulfed."

More details as they become available.

UPDATE: 8:10 a.m.

Three separate fires near downtown Kelowna have fire crews scrambling this morning. 

Five trucks, an ambulance and Fortis Gas, along with dozens of firefighters, are on the scene of a blaze near Harvey Avenue and Kirschner Road. 

One firefighter told Castanet, it is "all hands on deck all morning," and they are "stretched very thin."

Crews were out fighting two other fires this morning as well. 

One near Gerstmar and Graham, and another at the old CHBC building in downtown.

All three fires appear to be in the cleanup stages.

UPDATE: 6:48 a.m.

Emergency crews on scene of a house fire in the 2600 block of Springfield Road this morning. The blaze reportedly broke out at 5:30 a.m.

RCMP tell Castanet news that emergency crews are still on scene battling the early morning residential structure fire, and they are urging motorists to avoid the area as they plan their morning commute. Springfield Road remains closed at this hour between Gerstmar and Graham.

Hydro and ambulance are also on scene. No word on injuries or the extent of the damage at this time.

ORIGINAL: 6:33 a.m.

RCMP have parts of Springfield Road blocked off this morning between Gerstmar and Graham.

The photo shows several cruisers on scene blocking off the intersection.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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