A-frame house gutted by fire overnight at Okanagan ski hill

A-frame fire was 'stubborn'

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.

Firefighters spent more than five hours working to put out a house fire at Big White Ski Resort in the early morning hours of Saturday, braving the frigid temperatures. 

Big White fire chief Chris Cormack said they were called out to the blaze on Porcupine Road at 1:45 a.m., and the fight lasted until 7 a.m.

“We had heavy smoke and flames on the second and third stories and through the roof," Cormack said. "It was definitely a stubborn fire.”

The home, unoccupied at the time, was completely engulfed in flames by the time fire crews arrived on scene, so the initial priority was keeping the flames from adjacent buildings. The heat caused on nearby building's windows to crack, and scorched the deck, but no one was injured.

The home, known locally as the A-frame, was built in 1970. It had developed a reputation as a party house in recent years, and its demise was both mourned and celebrated on the local Big White Facebook page. 

"I would just like to say a big RIP to A-frame," wrote Sam Loder. "I shared a number of cherished memories there with a number of beautiful people."

Donna Redekop felt differently: "So friggin' glad that hell hole is gone."

Cormack says they don't know the cause of the fire at this time.

“There's pretty heavy damage, I don't know if that's something that we'll ever know for sure," he said. 

UPDATE 9:15 a.m.

Rick Wright feared the six-plex he lived in at Big White would catch fire as flamed billowed from a neighbouring home.

Wright was awoken at 2 a.m. by the sound of sirens and when he looked out the window of his home he saw the eerie orange glow of fire.

Stepping out the backdoor of his home, Wright saw flames pouring out of the adjacent A-frame structure that is believed to have been built in the 1970s.

Wright said some of the windows on his six-plex were cracked from the heat.

“Buildings on both sides (of the fire) sustained damage from the flames,” said Wright, adding the windows of the other home next to the A-frame were blown out.

“The flames were a couple feet from our building. It was a tinder box.”

Police and fire crews were still at the home on Porcupine Drive as of 9 a.m. Saturday.


A home was destroyed by fire at Big White Mountain Resort overnight.

Witnesses tell Castanet fire broke out at 2 a.m. on Porcupine Road in what some refer to as the A-frame house.

It is not known how the fire started or if anyone was at home at the time.

Castanet will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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