House fire knocked down

Fire crews in Oliver responded to a home burning on an acreage just east of town on Saturday morning.

The Oliver Fire Department was called to the fire at the home on a McKinney Road acreage, on Osoyoos Indian Band land, at about 10:45 a.m.

Department spokesperson Rob Graham said the home was fully involved in flames when crews arrived.

"From town when responding, you could see a plume of black smoke from... where the fire was," Graham said. "Most of the attack was an exterior attack because of the heat and the amount of fire that consumed the home already."

No one was home when the blaze broke out, Graham said, and the cause remains under investigation. 

He said the property's owner arrived while crews were still battling the blaze. While he called the structure a total loss, he said a portion of the home was salvaged from being burned. 

"Half of the structure is still standing. I mean, being out of town with our response time, the guys work really hard on making sure they get it knocked down quickly. And they did a good job in saving as much as we could."

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