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Large tree on Kelowna beach removed after being lit on fire

Burnt tree doused, toppled

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

The large willow tree at the mouth of Mill Creek has been taken down, after it was set on fire early Friday morning.

Crews from Action Tree Service spent the morning falling the large tree. It was damaged extensively after a woman reportedly set fire to it by burning her clothes. Neighbours said the woman was dancing naked near the burning tree before fire crews arrived.

The tree-falling crew said the stubborn fire continued to smoke as they worked to get the tree down, and the interior of the tree didn't stop smouldering until it was dropped into nearby Mill Creek.

Firefighters remained on scene throughout the morning, dousing the tree intermittently as the fallers worked to take it down in pieces.

All that remains now is a charred stump near the walking path.


ORIGINAL: 10:50 a.m

Residents living around the 'Mushroom Beach' area of Kelowna are losing a landmark.

A large, old willow tree is coming down after it was set on fire Friday morning.

According to some on the scene, a woman was apparently discovered naked, dancing around the tree while it burned.

She allegedly started a fire at the tree in an effort to dry her clothes.

Neighbours who spoke to Castanet say this is just the latest in a long line of incidents which have plagued the area on the south side of the William R. Bennett Bridge.

For years residents of the area have complained of drug use, dealers and vagrancy in the otherwise quiet neighbourhood.

One resident told Castanet Friday she has had to chase people off her property numerous times.

She has called city hall asking that something be done, but nothing ever is. She has asked that someone be assigned to patrol the area as is done downtown. Something needs to be done, she says, but the city doesn't seem to be interested.



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