71 firefighters battled inferno

The call came in at 4:26 p.m. Tuesday, and fire crews jumped into action.

They were responding to a 911 call reporting a fire at Legacy II apartments, located at 770 Rutland Rd. North.

First arriving firefighters noted heavy black smoke and flame coming from the exterior of the building near the building’s west side entrance. The fire was quickly extending into the roof area and suites on the second and third floors.

Initial attack crew: 21 firefighters from four stations responded with four engines, two ladder trucks, one rescue, a command unit, a Safety Officer and Deputy Chief. An additional 50, (career and paid on call), firefighters were called to the scene to assist with extinguishing the fire and searching for occupants.

RCMP responded to assist with accounting for residents and traffic control. BC Ambulance sent two ambulances and a supervisor.

The building sustained heavy fire damage to the roof and 4th floor throughout as well as significant fire and water damage to a number of suites on the other three floors. Fire and police Investigators were on scene to interview a number of witnesses and conduct preliminary investigations and will return to continue cause determination today (Wednesday), once the building has cooled down and the structural integrity is assessed.

Residents from the 52 unit building where transported or drove to the Salvation Army Church at the intersection of Burtch Rd. and Sutherland Ave. where they registered with Emergency Support Services (ESS).

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday only about 70 residents from 30+ units had registered with ESS. Those residents that did not register can do so from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Salvation Army Church.

There is a meeting planned for residents today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church. There will be information on the next steps. In attendance:

  • Kelowna Fire Department
  • Strata Council
  • Insurance and Restoration Contractor
  • Emergency Support Services
  • Red Cross

Public wishing to donate funds to assist the victims of both recent apartment fires,  (the other was the July 13, Franklin Rd. blaze), are encouraged to contact the local Canadian Red Cross office by phone at 250-491-8443 and mention the “Kelowna Apartment Fires” fund.

Click here to view viewer videos from the fire.

Here is a short video as crews head to work - thanks Nathen.


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