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Flood cause determined?

A flood that forced about 100 university students out of their homes may have been caused by the failure of a fire-suppression system.

Mission Group, which built the U-Two building on Academy Way, near UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, says a failure of the system on the fourth floor appears to have caused the flooding.

"The exact cause of the failure is still under investigation, and Mission Group continues to co-operate wherever possible in order to bring a resolution to this situation," the company said in a news release Friday afternoon.

"We feel deep sympathy for the student tenants and homeowners who have been displaced. We are doing everything we can to help them.

"In particular, we are sensitive to those who may not have the resources to find alternative accommodation easily."

Mission Group has established a telephone hotline to help address immediate housing concerns for those affected.

Tenants and owners can contact Teresa Sommerfeld, Mission Group Homeowner Liaison, at 250-448-0358 or [email protected]

Mission Group says insurance adjusters are working on confirming the cause of the flood, and will correct any construction errors that may be identified.

Residents of the 56-unit complex were forced to leave due to significant flooding Feb. 4.



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