West Kelowna Fire Department called to fire behind Walmart in West Kelowna – West Kelowna News

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UPDATE 5:15pm

The West Kelowna Fire Department says it responded to reports of a wildfire in the area of ​​Talon Drive and Hawkes Boulevard, but when they arrived, firefighters determined the flames were coming from a travel trailer rather than the surrounding countryside.

Three engines, two security officers, an investigator and a command staff were dispatched from the Westbank, Rose Valley and Lakeview Heights fire rooms.

The fire department says the wind-driven fire spread quickly to nearby vehicles, vegetation and a structure on the property.

Crews laid a supply line and used large-diameter hand lines for quick initial takedown, but due to the volume of materials on site and the age of the building involved, the fire was difficult to extinguish.

Firefighters had to use chainsaws to break through the roof and into hidden spaces in the structure to put out the fire.

The scene has been turned over to the RCMP, who are investigating the cause.


UPDATE 15:35

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund says crews are cleaning up.

It adds that the fire occurred in a small annex building. It spread to nearby grass, but crews managed to bring it down.

The cause is under investigation.


UPDATE 3:25 PM

The firefighters now seem to have the upper hand.

They are hosing down the annex building at 3203 Old Okanagan Highway, and most of the thick, black smoke has dissipated.


ORIGINALS 15:05

The West Kelowna Fire Department has been called to a fire on Westbank First Nations land.

A structure parked in a field next to a house behind Walmart appears to be completely engulfed in flames. Another tip said that a mobile home was on fire.

Multiple images and videos show black smoke billowing toward the scene and fire trucks parked nearby.

Castanet has a report on the way to the scene.

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