British Columbia

100 homeless after Kelowna, B.C. fire

A hundred residents of Kelowna are homeless on Sunday, after a fire destroyed the fourth floor of an apartment building on Lequime Road.
A hundred residents of Kelowna are homeless on Sunday, after a fire destroyed the fourth floor of an apartment building on Lequime Road. (CBC)

Residents of 50 apartment units in Kelowna were forced out of their homes following a fire that broke out late Saturday night.

Four engines, two ladder trucks, and 35 firefighters responded to heavy flames that engulfed the top floor of the four-storey building at 660 Lequime Rd.

Witnesses reported that the fire appeared to have started in one of the top-floor units, and then quickly spread to the attic and roof.

Crews were able to contain the fire damage to the fourth floor, but there is heavy smoke and water damage to other units.

There were no injuries, and the Kelowna Fire Department is reporting that all residents have been accounted for.

Most of the displaced residents were taken to the Salvation Army building at 1480 Sutherland Ave., where all displaced residents are being encouraged to register after 3 p.m. PT Sunday.

The Kelowna Fire department is holding an important information session for all residents displaced by the fire at the Salvation Army building Sunday night at 6 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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