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Strong winds and heavy smoke challenged the fire as Penticton’s house went up in flames – Penticton News

Written by Javed Iqbal

Flames engulfed a home in Penticton Wednesday afternoon, with strong winds pushing the smoke through the entire street, challenging the firefighters’ initial reaction.

Penticton deputy fire chief Rob Trousdell said a wind-driven fire is always a concern here in Okanagan.

“We’ve seen it several times. So our crews are well aware of it and you can see how [the smoke] was across the street, so they even got to the point where it affects their response, “he said

‘When they came on the street, the heavy smoke blew low, so they had to be very careful approaching the place.

The occupants of the house were outside when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

“It appears to have spread to the attic and captured the adjacent RV site next to the home.”

About 15 to 20 firefighters were on the scene and got the fire under control about an hour after it started. The city utility participated instead of shutting down the electrical wiring next to the house.

“There is no natural gas, but of course there is electricity, so we were worried that the live electrical wires were affected by the fire. So City Electrical responded and was able to disconnect them for us, which made it much safer for people to work. ” said Trousdell.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

Castanet reporter Casey Richardson reports that smoke and fire activity has gone down on Conklin Avenue at 6 p.m. 17.15

The fire brigade was quickly on the scene of the fire, which quickly tore through the house.

Castanet has contacted the Penticton Fire Department for more information.

ORIGINAL: 16:40

A house is on fire in Penticton on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters responded at 460 Conklin Avenue. The whole street is full of smoke.

Reporter Casey Richardson is on site. She says the fire department is currently trying to stop the spread to neighboring buildings.

A neighbor told Castanet that they “smelled plastic burning”, the smoke got worse, and then they knew there was an explosive sound.

Another neighbor who called 911 said, “I never knew a house could go up so fast.”

There is a motorhome on the property in addition to the house, which is also on fire.

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