Home near Skaha Lake Middle school fully engulfed in flames

Home engulfed in flames

UPDATE 10:47 a.m.

Penticton school bus driver Bernie M. tells Castanet he spotted black smoke billowing into the sky while he was dropping his school children off at school Friday morning.

"You can tell by the colour of the smoke. If it's dark, it's a fresh start. You could see the flames in between the buildings and I went over there to make sure there was nobody in the house."

"Just the intensity of the fire. It was the whole back of the house. And you could hear the wood popping, you could hear stuff collapsing."

Bernie M. says the fire department was on the scene quickly and managed to get the inferno under control, "the dark smoke turned to gray smoke, which means it's on its way out."

The fire is now extinguished and the fire department is investigating the cause of the blaze.

UPDATE 10:29 a.m.

Penticton Deputy Fire Chief Rob Trupp tells Castanet the structure fire broke out at 7:41 a.m. on Arnott Place.

The house was vacant at the time of the fire and there are no injuries.

Trupp says fire crews managed to knock the fire down quickly once they arrived on scene. The house suffered extensive damage and Trupp indicates the fire did not spread to any other nearby homes and the rear of the home suffered extensive damage.

The fire was contained at 9:40 a.m. and the investigation is ongoing.

ORIGINAL 9:16 a.m.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a house fire in the neighbourhood west of Skaha Lake Middle School in Penticton Friday morning.

Photos sent to Castanet show a home fully engulfed in flames with firefighters battling the blaze.

This is a developing story.

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