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Garage goes up in flames

Video by Wayne Moore and Deryck Hay

4:45 p.m. update:

Glenmore is now open to traffic. The route was closed for over two hours while crews battled a shop fire.

4 p.m. update:

A Kelowna businessman has lost everything after fire ripped through his shed/workshop on Glenmore Road Wednesday afternoon.

The fire completely destroyed the structure and everything inside.

"I was out back and I turned around and there were flames coming out of everything. I'm losing everything," says Brian Ricciuti.

"Everything was in there...all my equipment, three welding machines, lamps, all my stock and my computer. I don't know what I'm going to do."

Ricciuti says the shop was undergoing some repairs after somebody crashed into the front wall.

An electrician had been in a few days prior to do some temporary wiring and a construction crew had come in to rebuild, but he doesn't know exactly what may have caused the fire.

Fire crews from Lake Country and Kelowna both responded to the blaze.

Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Captain, Eric Simpson, says the workshop was fully involved when crews arrived.

Simpson says the intensity of the fire and what was inside meant crews had to stay outside to fight it.

"There were some small pops...maybe some aerosol cans. But, we did know that there was gasoline and propane tanks inside the building so caution was taken not to go in and make sure we attacked it from the outside," says Simpson.

The workshop was only about 50 feet or so from the Ricciuti's house, however, fire fighters were able to keep the flames from reaching the home.

"You can see by the burn marks in the grass it got within 10 or 15 feet of the house. The guys hit it pretty fast in that area first just to make sure it didn't get the house on fire."

An exact cause has not yet been determined.

Glenmore Road was blocked off in both directions for about an hour while crews did their work.

2 p.m.: A garage on Glenmore Rd. was quickly devoured by flames Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported in the large shop at 3330 Glenmore Rd. at about 2:40 p.m. By the time crews arrived the shop was fully engulfed.

It became a defensive fire as firefighters battled to save the nearby home. Crews also had to be careful of acetylene tanks that were in the shop at the time of the fire.

There are no fire hydrants in the area so water tender trucks had to be used.

At this time there are not reports of any injuries.

Traffic along Glenmore is backing up in both directions as crews have the route closed while they work on the fire.

More details to follow.



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