Late-night house fire claims a life in Vernon's Okanagan Landing neighbourhood

One dead in house fire

UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services says it arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a mobile home fire that claimed a resident's life late Tuesday.

The fire was just a few blocks east of the city's Fire Station 2 in Okanagan Landing.

"Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed heavy smoke and flames were coming from the structure. They quickly pulled a line and began knocking down the fire from the exterior," says Fire Chief David Lin

Once additional resources were on scene, firefighters were able to make entry into the home to fully extinguish the fire and ensure it didn’t extend to other parts of the structure.

"There was significant smoke and fire damage inside the home," says Lind. "The home's close proximity to the fire station helped significantly. Older mobile homes can become heavily involved with fire and fill with smoke quickly. The fast response and actions of the crews kept the fire contained to a single property."

One person was pulled from the fire, but was declared dead at the scene.

The cause of fire is under investigation but is not believed to be criminal in nature.

ORIGINAL: 2:30 p.m.

One person is dead following a late-night house fire in Vernon's Okanagan Landing neighbourhood.

Police and firefighters attended the scene on the 6900 block of Okanagan Landing Road shortly after 11:45 p.m.

Officers arrived and were informed fire crews had located and removed the occupant of the residence, says Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski.

"Efforts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful and they were pronounced deceased at the scene," says Terleski.

The only addresses on that block are at the Okanagan Terrace Mobile Home Park, across the street from Marshall Fields.

"The outcome of this incident is incredibly tragic. We extend our sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased during this incredibly difficult time. Our thoughts are also with our first responder family and others impacted by this tragedy."

The cause of the fire, which remains undetermined, is not believed to be criminal in nature.

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