Fatal West Kelowna house fire a suspected drug facility: RCMP
The explosive house fire is now being investigated as a clandestine drug production facility.
Police suspect a house that exploded in flames in West Kelowna Wednesday night, killing one person and leaving two more in critical condition, was being used for the production of drugs.
The incident began in the 3000 block of Elliot Road around 9:30 p.m. PT, and fire crews worked through the early morning hours to extinguish the fire, ultimately tearing the house down to soak the flames.
On Friday, West Kelowna RCMP announced the province's RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) was supporting local police investigators.
"Preliminary findings, coupled with observations made by first responders to the scene, suggest that the rural home was being used in the production of drugs," said Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey, with West Kelowna RCMP, in a written statement.
Police wouldn't say what sort of drugs they suspect the house was being used to produce.
O'Donaghey said arson is not to blame for the fire, but the exact cause remains unknown.
As the investigation into the incident continues, police are advising the public Elliot Road may be intermittently closed to traffic.