Barn fire in McKinley

UPDATE: 7:20 p.m.

Kelowna Fire Department provides the following update on Wednesday afternoon's barn fire in McKinley Landing.

Kelowna Fire Dispatch received a 911 call reporting the fire just before 4 p.m. on the 1800 block of McKinley Road.

Responding units arrived to find the 30x60-foot barn fully involved in fire.

Firefighters protected nearby buildings from the flames and extinguished the barn from the exterior due to the advanced nature of the fire.

Ducks and geese in the structure all made it out safely.

The cause of the fire is not suspicious, and early reports suggest it may have started from a heat lamp. An investigation is pending, says Platoon Capt. Steve Wallick.

Traffic on McKinley Road was shut down for about two hours due to a hose line running across the street from a nearby hydrant.

Twenty-three firefighters on five engines and a rescue/command and safety truck responded to the call.

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m.

Neighbours who called in the barn fire to 911 say they saw thick smoke billowing from the structure.

The two women opened up an enclosure beside the barn and freed several birds that were in it.

"Animals were freaking out," said one woman.

The women were driving by when they saw the fire.

The owners of the building were apparently not at home at the time.

The fire response shut down McKinley Road to traffic.

UPDATE 4:40 p.m.

The sounds of flames crackling and farm animals panicking are emanating from a property in McKinley Landing.

Fire crews arrived at the scene of a barn fire about 4 p.m.

Castanet reporter Nich Johansen says the barn is burning to the ground.

The fire does not appear to be threatening other structures.

There were no animals inside at the time.

More details as they become available.

ORIGINAL: 4:10 p.m.

A barn is on fire in McKinley Landing.

Details are few at this point, but Castanet has a reporter heading to the scene.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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