West Kelowna man escapes Monday blaze that destroys mobile home

A month after a visit from West Kelowna Fire Rescue to talk about smoke alarms and escape plans, resident needs both to remain safe

West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR) responded to a residence on fire in the Paradise Mobile Home Park at 9 p.m Monday evening.

One person escaped safely from a home that was destroyed by fire last night in West Kelowna’s Paradise Mobile Home Park.

And it appears an education campaign by the West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR) in the mobile home park last month paid off.

West Kelowna firefighters responded to a fire call in the park yesterday evening around 9 p.m., finding visible flames as they approached the home and immediately calling for back-up

Twenty-one firefighters in two engines, two pumper trucks, a command unit, a utility and a safety attended the fire.

The intense, rapidly growing fire made escape out of the front door impossible, forcing the occupant to jump to safety out of a back window. Crews successfully confined the fire to the structure of origin, protected exposures on three sides, and extinguished a large tree near the home that started to candle. The home suffered extensive fire damage and is likely a total loss.

There were no injuries to firefighters or to the occupant and one cat made it safely out of the fire. The occupant’s dog remains unaccounted for at this time.

WKFR had visited the same home as well as neighboring homes in October during its annual smoke alarm campaign. During that visit WKFR crews had checked the smoke detector and discussed a home fire escape plan with the occupant.

Both the smoke alarm and the escaped were in use last night and WKFR reminds residents to ensure that their smoke alarms are in good working order and to review their home fire escape plan on a regular basis.

The home is insured, and the fire is not deemed suspicious at this point. A full investigation will be completed this morning.

WKFR wishes to thank the RCMP, Fortis BC, Emergency Support Services, and BC Ambulance for their assistance at this fire.

Just Posted

Penticton’s Dream Café hosting the Kliffs unique music blend

The Canadian, Berlin-based duo of Mark Bérubé and Kristina Koropecki, AKAthe Kliffs,… Continue reading

40th Annual Share-a-Smile Telethon this weekend

The OSNS’s annual fundraiser returns to Cherry Lane Nov. 17 from noon until 5 p.m.

Penticton’s OSNS benefits from $10,000 RBC grant

The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre will use the money for tech upgrades

Penticton Vees lose a squeaker in Salmon Arm

The Penticton Vees got off to a rousing start but in the end fell 4-3 to Salmon Arm

Penticton woman sends fight to reduce preventable medical errors to Victoria

Teri McGrath and senior’s centre members presented 150-plus signature petition to local MLA

Gym enthusiasts invited to get in gear for kids

Spin4Kids Saturday at GoodLife Fitness

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Malakwa woman still in the running for winning American baking show

Janet Letendre is the only Canadian competing on the Holiday Baking Championship

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

New Okanagan resident building skills and community

The Respect Works Here November Multicultural Community Champion

SilverStar to open Nordic trails Saturday in North Okanagan

25 km of groomed trails are ready to explore by cross-country skiers

Salmon Arm businesses tipped off to Black Press advantage

Black Press Media hosts day of presentations for local business representatives

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

Most Read