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UPDATE: West Kelowna garage fire not suspicious, owner suffered 'minor burn'

(UPDATE: Oct. 18 @ 5:12 am): Sunday's fire in West Kelowna involved a detached garage, firefighters have confirmed.

The garage was filled with tires, electronics and motorcycles, producing "intense flames and heat."

Those flames later ignited a nearby car, burned the sides of two travel trailers, a shed and melted the siding on two neighbouring homes.

<who> Photo credit: WKFR

The home associated with the garage was also damaged, with yard furniture, ornamental trees and the house's siding affected.

"Engine 32 was able to control and suppress the fire using multiple hose lines," West Kelowna Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Brent Watson said.

"Additional help was provided by Engine 31 (which had been on a reported wildfire in Upper Glenrosa at the time), and Engine 33. West Kelowna Car 34 and Safety 34 also attended."

<who> Photo credit: WKFR

He added: "The property owner has insurance, and suffered a minor burn attempting to extinguish the fire."

Firefighters were called about the fire, which was on Horizon Drive, at about 3 pm.

The fire's cause remains under investigation, but firefighters said it was "likely electrical."

It is not considered suspicious.


(Original story: Oct. 17 @ 3:37 pm): A fire broke out on the Westside this afternoon, shortly before 3 pm.

Thick, black smoke was highly visible from Kelowna and the areas near Horizon Drive in West Kelowna.

One picture posted to a West Kelowna Facebook group shows the fire is located near the Friends Pub and Liquor Store.

<who> Photo Credit: F. Genereux, Facebook

NowMedia reached out to the West Kelowna Fire Department, however, they were unable to provide a comment at this time.

Reports online say there is a very unpleasant smell in the air caused by the fire while others said it appeared to be a garage or shed that went up in flames.

NowMedia staff will update this story as more information becomes available.

<who> Photo Credit: Courtesy of H. Williams, Facebook

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia</who> Smoke was highly visible from Kelowna this afternoon.



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