UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.
A residence that had a fire in the walls and hidden spaces of the house, on Menu Road, had to be demolished so that crews could safely extinguish the blaze.
West Kelowna fire crews remained on site for most of the day to extinguish hot spots after the blaze started around 9 p.m. Sunday.
According to Fire Chief Jason Brolund, the cause of the blaze could not be determined due to structural damage and the safety of fire investigators. The entire floor and roof system has been compromised, making access unsafe.
Cold weather and icy streets made an evening difficult for West Kelowna fire crews who were called in to fight a fire at a house on Menu Road.
Teams arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. Sunday (December 26), to find a burning fire inside the walls and hidden spaces of the newly built residence. The flames spread quickly and additional crews from all stations in West Kelowna responded.
According to Fire Chief Jason Brolund, temperatures of -25 ° C proved to be a major challenge for firefighters who were on site until 6 a.m. Monday.
Firefighters protected other houses nearby to prevent the flames from spreading. A small number have been affected by runoff and ice buildup resulting from firefighting operations, Brolund said. Additional public works crews have been recruited to help tackle runoff, ice and slippery conditions.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated but does not appear to be suspect. The occupants of the house are staying with friends.
Brolund said teams will continue to stay on the scene to deal with hot spots and flare-ups. The door to Menu RoS was temporarily opened to allow residents to pass who were blocked by fire hoses and devices.
“The West Kelowna Fire Department was grateful for the support from BC Transit in providing a hot bus as a shelter for the firefighters during the emergency,” said Brolund.
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