Flames destroyed a home in Penticton Wednesday afternoon, with heavy winds pushing smoke across the street, challenging the fire department’s initial response.
Penticton’s deputy fire chief Rob Trousdell said a wind-induced fire is always a concern here in the Okanagan.
“We’ve seen that several times. So our crews are well aware of that and you can see the way that [the smoke] switched to the other side of the street so that they even got to the point where it affected their reactions,” he said
“When they got out onto the street, that heavy smoke came down low, so they had to be very careful approaching the scene.”
When the fire brigade arrived, the residents of the house were already outside. No injuries were reported.
“Looks like it has spread in the attic and reached the adjacent motorhome area next to the house.”
About 15 to 20 firefighters were on the scene and had the fire under control about an hour after it started. City works came on site to shut off the power lines next to the house.
“There is no natural gas, but of course there is electricity, so we were concerned that the electrical lines that were live would be affected by the fire. So City Electrical responded and was able to disconnect it for us, making it became a lot safer for people to work,” Trousdell said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
UPDATE: 5:15 PM
Castanet reporter Casey Richardson reports that smoke and fire activity on Conklin Avenue has decreased as of 5:15 p.m.
The fire brigade was quickly on the spot when the fire quickly raged through the house.
Castanet has contacted the Penticton Fire Department for more information.
ORIGINAL: 4.40 pm
A house is on fire in Penticton on Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters respond at 460 Conklin Avenue. The whole street is full of smoke.
Reporter Casey Richardson is on the scene. She says firefighters are currently trying to stop the spread to neighboring buildings.
A neighbor told Castanet she “smelled plastic smoke”, the smoke got worse, and the next thing they knew there was an explosive sound.
Another neighbor who called 911 said, “I never knew a house could go up so fast.”
Next to the house, which is also in flames, there is a camper on the property.