4 dogs, 1 cat & duck dead

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

No one was inside a house when a fire completely gutted a family's home near McCurdy Road.

Multiple animals died in the blaze, according to platoon captain Kelly Stephens with Kelowna Fire.

Firefighters worked quickly to knock down the fire from the exterior before entering the structure.

"They did a primary search and found four dogs, one cat and a duck that had unfortunately perished in the fire," Stephens said.

The property owner said he drove by the house at around 1:30 p.m. and "didn't see anything."

Firefighters and RCMP received calls about the fire at 1:48 p.m. Crews had difficulty accessing the home as it is located on McKenzie Road but faces McCurdy Road. 

"Fire damage was contained to the rear of the structure’s main floor and deck with heavy smoke damage to the rest of the structure," Stephens said.

The family who was renting the home has not yet seen the damage. 

"Emergency Support Services were notified that the one adult and two children of the home would be unable to stay in the residence and would need support," said Stephens. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but Stephens said it did not appear suspicious.

UPDATE: 3:04 p.m.

Fire crews and ambulance remain on the scene of a fire that has consumed a Kelowna home.

The blaze sparked at about 2 p.m. in a house off McKenzie Road, near McCurdy Road at Boparai Orchards.

It's still unknown if anyone was injured in the blaze.

Castanet will keep the public updated as information becomes available.

UPDATE: 2:49 p.m.

A Castanet reporter is now on scene and has confirmed that it is a home on fire.

Fire crews continue to hose down the blaze that consumed the house at about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The house appears to be on an orchard just off McCurdy Road.

It is unknown if anyone was injured in the blaze.

UPDATE: 2:37 p.m.

A fire continues to burn off McCurdy Road in Kelowna, according to a witness.

"It is indeed a house that is almost burnt to the ground," stated an email Castanet received.

A Castanet reporter is now on scene and updates will be provided as they become available.

ORIGINAL: 2:13 p.m.

Castanet is headed to a fire that is believed to be in an orchard off McCurdy Road.

There are few details at this time but it is believed the fire started just before 2 p.m.

"Lots of black smoke initially, now lots of white smoke," said a witness. 

Witnesses said they saw five fire trucks heading to the scene and numerous police vehicles.

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