Shed destroyed by fire near Kelowna's downtown

Shed goes up in flames

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.

Fire completely destroyed a shed and damaged three neighbouring fences on Saucier Avenue behind the Petro Canada gas station.

Assistant fire chief Mike Walroth says no one was home at the time of the fire and no discernable cause is apparent. However, the cause is deemed suspicious.

Walroth says windy conditions did cause the fire to spread a bit but crews were able to get water on it quickly before it could spread to homes in the area.

The location of the fire in a back alley made it a little more tricky for crews to initially get water onto the fire.

"Obviously with a shed in an alley it's a little further from the street where the hydrants are, so this truck pulled into the alley and the second truck had to lay a hydrant line into it," said Walroth

"It's pretty common when you have a fire in an alley. You just have to wait for the next truck to get there to get water in."

UPDATE 2:50 p.m.

A shed was completely destroyed by fire Monday afternoon near Kelowna’s downtown.

Fire crews were called to a home on Saucier Avenue, near the intersection with Richter Street, at roughly 2:20 p.m.

The fire put up a plume of black smoke over the neighbourhood that was visible from the surrounding area.

The blaze was knocked down and smouldering by 2:45 p.m.

Three fire engines as well as RCMP are at the scene.

Fire crews are now in the mop up stage. Saucier Avenue is closed to traffic at the fire scene.

ORIGINAL 2:35 p.m.

Firefighters are at the scene of a two-alarm structure fire in the area of Saucier Road and Richter Street.

It is believed a shed and some nearby trees are burning.

Crews are making good progress on the blaze and have knocked down most of it, but are still at work.

Castanet has a reporter headed to the scene.

More to come…

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