British Columbia

176 homes evacuated after fire destroys condo building under construction in Kelowna, B.C.

A condo building under construction in Kelowna, B.C., has collapsed after a large fire.

Flames spread to nearby buildings, prompting evacuations throughout the area

A witness video captured the condo building just as it began to collapse. (Michael Vansgaard)

Hundreds of people have been ordered out of their homes in Kelowna, B.C., on Saturday after a six-storey condo development under construction caught fire and collapsed. 

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre said the large fire swept through the downtown structure at Truswell and Capozzi roads late Saturday morning and spread to nearby buildings earlier in the afternoon. 

The fire quickly engulfed the building, leading it to partially collapse. It then spread to the roof of the nearby Waters Edge and the Walnut Grove Motel. 

Those two adjacent buildings have since been evacuated, along with the Mission Shores and nine single-family waterfront homes — 176 homes altogether. 

The emergency centre said crews were still working to suppress the fire Saturday night. 

Residents of the evacuated buildings can get set up with food and shelter options at the Salvation Army on Sutherland Avenue. 

The centre is asking people to stay away from the area.

The Kelowna Fire Department couldn't confirm if anyone had been injured. 

A fire has overtaken a condo building under construction in Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna Professional Firefighters Association/Twitter)