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Container fire at Sexsmith

UPDATE: 9:00 p.m.

Upon arrival at the Adams Road container fire, fire crews found flames coming from two metal storage containers, a motorhome and a semi-truck trailer, all of which were in the storage yard. 

Firefighters were extra cautious, as they were made aware of propane cylinders on the property. One of the cylinders did end up exploding in the fire, but no one was injured. 

One man was taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation. 

Kelly Stephens, platoon captain with the Kelowna Fire Department, said the motorhome, trailer and the contents of the two containers received extensive damage. 

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but investigators will be back at the scene Wednesday morning. 


UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

The large fire on Adams Road, near Sexsmith Road and Highway 97, appeared to be contained to a single blue shipping container.

Fire crews, ambulance and the RCMP attended the blaze, which began just after 6:30 p.m.

RCMP on scene were concerned about possible propane tanks near the fire and a nearby resident reported hearing an explosion. 

Fire crews had the flames out by about 7:30, but heavy smoke continued to pour from the container, as firefighters opened it up, and began taking smouldering items out.

The container in question can be seen on Google Maps Street View, from footage taken in June 2016. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 
 


UPDATE: 7:40 p.m.

A resident of the area reports a loud explosion that "shook my entire house."

Fire crews at the scene are keeping the public well back from the area due to the danger of explosions from propane tanks said to be on the property.


ORIGINAL: 7:10 p.m.

Castanet is receiving reports of a major fire near Reid's Corner in Kelowna.

The fire is reported off Adams Road, near Sexsmith Road, in Rutland.

At least two fire trucks are on scene, according to witness reports, and thick, black smoke and flame is pouring from some shipping containers.

Details are few at this time, but the shipping containers may contain propane tanks, and a motorhome may also be on fire.

Castanet has a reporter headed to the scene.

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