Cardboard compactor fire in Kelowna deemed suspicious

Compactor up in flames

A cardboard compactor went up in flames in Kelowna overnight in what has been deemed a suspicious fire.

About 11 p.m., the Kelowna Fire Department dispatch centre received a fire alarm signal from a retail business on the 2200 block of Baron Road.

An employee of the store reported a confirmed fire in the recycling cardboard compactor, says Platoon Capt. John Kelly.

The first officer on scene reported visible smoke coming from the exterior of the compactor, where it connected to the building.

Crews entered the rear of the store and were met with heavy smoke conditions. They quickly located and extinguished the fire, says Kelly.

There was no structural damage to the building, and the fire was contained to the compactor.

Firefighters responded with two engines and a command vehicle, with nine personnel.

RCMP are investigating the incident.

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