Kelowna fire crews douse BBQ fire

2 dogs saved from fire

Rob Gibson

UPDATE 12:18 p.m.

The Kelowna Fire Department is investigating a BBQ fire that resulted in a propane tank exploding, apparently without any source of ignition.

Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Captain John Kelly was perplexed.

"I've never seen that, where there's no ignition source, the BBQ wasn't left on or burnt food caused it so."  

"Crews quickly knocked down the fire. The fire did cause damage to the deck and its contents. Smoke and water entered the interior of the residence as the patio door smashed from the heat. The unit will be uninhabitable until restoration work is performed," Kelly says.
While investigators search for the cause of the ignition and subsequent explosion, a neighbour is being hailed as a hero after he leapt into action to try and rescue two dogs trapped in the burning home.

Ben Fuller lives above the home where the fire started and said he "could smell the smoke and hear the dogs barking."

Fuller says he arrived on the scene before fire crews and started trying to rescue the dogs but struggled to break the windows.

"Those windows are strong. I threw myself against them and couldn't smash the windows. I grabbed my sledgehammer and smashed the one window and was just climbing in when the fire crews arrived."

Fuller suffered serious cuts to his hands during the rescue attempt and had to receive medical treatment on the scene that will likely require multiple stitches.

The resident of the home tells Castanet she is very grateful to have such good neighbours and that her dog Lilly may be alive thanks to Ben's quick action.

ORIGINAL 10:06 a.m.

The Kelowna Fire Department made quick work of a BBQ fire Friday morning at a townhouse complex on Gordon Drive.

Firefighters were called to the building at 3854 Gordon at 9:20 a.m. for reports of visible flame. 

Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire, although some damage was sustained by the adjacent building. The homeowner was not at home at the time of the blaze. 

Castanet will update as more information becomes available.

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