Police looking into fire

UPDATE 12:10 P.M.

Kelowna RCMP have launched an investigation into an explosive house fire.

Witnesses said there was an explosion at the Stockwell Avenue home, which was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.

“The Kelowna RCMP have secured the scene and continue to work collaboratively with the Kelowna Fire Department as investigators work to probe the blaze which is being treated as suspicious in nature at this time,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. 

The explosion compromised the structural integrity of the small house. Due to concerns for the safety of emergency crews at the scene, investigators have been unable to enter the home.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leave a tip online or by text your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

UPDATE 8:22 A.M.

Kelowna Fire Rescue Cpt. Steve Wallick said at 7 a.m., the fire department received multiple reports of a fire in the 900 block of Stockwell Road.

Upon arrival, smoke and flames were billowing from the home and fire crews heard a loud explosion.

Wallick said the explosion damaged the structural integrity of the house so firefighters could not enter the building and had to fight the flames from the outside.

Cpt. Wallick said they've heard reports of three people leaving the house after the fire broke out. The RCMP are trying to locate these individuals, but police on the scene had no comment. 

All of the front windows of the house were shattered and witnesses said the structural damage was evident by just looking at the small, grey home.

Mike, a neighbour, said the explosion woke him up at around 7:10 a.m.

“It felt like a car went through our house," he said.

- with files from Nicholas Johansen

Castanet has received reports of a fire in Kelowna.

Thick white smoke can be seen billowing into the sky several blocks from the city centre.

Few details are available, but Castanet has been told the fire is possibly on Gordon or Ethel between Cawston and Bernard.
Castanet will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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