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Colleagues, family and friends gather on Silver Star Road outside the BX Swan Lake Fire Department Tuesday, Jan. 31, as an honour guard of emergency vehicles with lights flashing pays respect to late volunteer firefighter David Hentschel. (Contributed)

VIDEO: Fallen Vernon volunteer firefighter honoured

David Hentschel, who spent 16 years with BX Swan Lake Department, died suddenly Jan. 22

 

Vernon’s Canadian Tire at the Village Green Centre is slated to re-open this month after being forced to close following a suspicious fire in a locked compound beside the store in November 2022. (Google Maps)

Vernon Canadian Tire ready to roll after fire

Business set to re-open this month following November fire

 

Drug paraphernalia and garbage plague the downtown Vernon Swan Brook Estates complex. (Contributed)

2 fires in 2 weeks at downtown Vernon apartment

Residents tired of homeless lighting fires, doing drugs, leaving garbage

 

A fire at Urban Safari Rescue Society Saturday morning has killed approximately 60 animals, including reptiles, frogs, Guinea pigs and sugar gliders. (Urban Safari Rescue Society/Facebook photo)

Dozens of exotic animals dead after fire tears through Surrey rescue centre

Staff, volunteers ‘focusing on what needs to be done’ at Urban Safari Rescue Society after blaze

A fire at Urban Safari Rescue Society Saturday morning has killed approximately 60 animals, including reptiles, frogs, Guinea pigs and sugar gliders. (Urban Safari Rescue Society/Facebook photo)
Firefighter Sean Wright with a cat rescued from a Spallumcheen house fire Jan. 17. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department photo)

North Okanagan fire victims lose everything, no insurance

Family escaped the blaze, one cat still missing, fundraiser started

Firefighter Sean Wright with a cat rescued from a Spallumcheen house fire Jan. 17. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department photo)
(Dave Ogilvie/Submitted)
(Dave Ogilvie/Submitted)
A truck fire spread to a detached garage in West Kelowna on Jan. 23. (West Kelowna Fire Rescue/Submitted)

Overnight truck fire spreads to garage in West Kelowna

Four fire trucks responded to the incident on Gellatly Road

A truck fire spread to a detached garage in West Kelowna on Jan. 23. (West Kelowna Fire Rescue/Submitted)
BX-Swan Lake firefighters battle a car fire early Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Contributed)

Possible connection between Vernon car fire and deaths investigated

RCMP looking for dash cam footage after 2 bodies found in Coldstream home, BX vehicle blaze

BX-Swan Lake firefighters battle a car fire early Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Contributed)
Firefighter Sean Wright with a cat rescued from a Spallumcheen house fire Jan. 17. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department photo)

Cat rescued from North Okanagan house fire

Firefighters heard cries from feline in flooded basement

Firefighter Sean Wright with a cat rescued from a Spallumcheen house fire Jan. 17. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department photo)
An SUV is fully engulfed in flames early Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Contributed)

Car fire closes Vernon street

RCMP investigating after SUV destroyed, no one around

An SUV is fully engulfed in flames early Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Contributed)
A Langara Gardens apartment building near the intersection of Cambie Street and 57th Avenue where a tenant accidentally started a fire in 2017. Angela Chou has since been ordered to pay over $500,000 for the resulting damage. (Google Streetview/screenshot)

Vancouver woman ordered to pay over $500K for apartment fire started by floor lamp

Inspectors said unit was in ‘near hoarding state’ when fire began on Nov. 14, 2017

A Langara Gardens apartment building near the intersection of Cambie Street and 57th Avenue where a tenant accidentally started a fire in 2017. Angela Chou has since been ordered to pay over $500,000 for the resulting damage. (Google Streetview/screenshot)
An electrical fire at an on-site substation knocked out power to Tolko’s Armstrong division’s lumber and plywood plants Wednesday, Dec. 28. (File photo)

Substation fire knocks out power to Tolko’s Armstrong lumber, plywood plants

Incident happened Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 4 a.m.; no injuries

An electrical fire at an on-site substation knocked out power to Tolko’s Armstrong division’s lumber and plywood plants Wednesday, Dec. 28. (File photo)
Friends are helping Armstrong's Ginny Ritson-Bennett (pictured) and her son, Darcy, after their home on Highland Park Road was destroyed in a fire Tuesday, Dec. 27. The blaze kiled the family's four pets, two cats and two dogs. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched. (Contributed)

Armstrong family loses home, pets in fire

Recently widowed Ginny Ritson-Bennett and son Darcy got out of home safe

Friends are helping Armstrong's Ginny Ritson-Bennett (pictured) and her son, Darcy, after their home on Highland Park Road was destroyed in a fire Tuesday, Dec. 27. The blaze kiled the family's four pets, two cats and two dogs. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched. (Contributed)
Lumby and District Fire Department responded to a fire Boxing Day evening, Dec. 26, in rural Lumby which saw an RV and a modified bus destroyed. There were no injuries. (Morning Star - file photo)

Modified bus, RV destroyed in rural Lumby fire

Incident happened Boxing Day evening, Dec. 26, on Birch Road off Mabel Lake Road

Lumby and District Fire Department responded to a fire Boxing Day evening, Dec. 26, in rural Lumby which saw an RV and a modified bus destroyed. There were no injuries. (Morning Star - file photo)
Dave Laboucane was on suboxone when becoming clean earlier this year but returned to Kelowna’s Tent City and suffered severe burns in a fire attempting to keep his tent warm in the cold weather. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

“There is help out there”: Kelowna burn victim identified as man with 22-year troubled past

Another example of Kelowna’s homeless population and the province’s ongoing drug crisis

Dave Laboucane was on suboxone when becoming clean earlier this year but returned to Kelowna’s Tent City and suffered severe burns in a fire attempting to keep his tent warm in the cold weather. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
A fire erupted around midnight on 6th Street in Keremeos on Dec. 21. The battle was made more difficult due to the extreme cold and winds. (Keremeos Fire Department)

Midnight fire guts home in Keremeos

No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation

A fire erupted around midnight on 6th Street in Keremeos on Dec. 21. The battle was made more difficult due to the extreme cold and winds. (Keremeos Fire Department)
From left, Madeleine, Natalie and Isabelle Wilkie, with mom Karin Huster. (Photo contributed)

Mother of Shuswap Paralympian left with deep gratitude for community after fire strikes family home

Natalie Wilkie able to put traumatic event aside, uses ‘incredible focus’ to win medals in Finland

From left, Madeleine, Natalie and Isabelle Wilkie, with mom Karin Huster. (Photo contributed)
(Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Early morning mattress fire in Kelowna

All residents made it out safely, despite significant smoke damage

(Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Two people are unharmed after their two-storey home, on Riverview Drive, caught on fire last Sunday (Dec. 18) morning. (Hope Fire Department/Facebook)

2 people unharmed after their home on Riverview Drive catches on fire last Sunday

No injuries reported as Hope Fire Department continue to investigate the cause of the fire

Two people are unharmed after their two-storey home, on Riverview Drive, caught on fire last Sunday (Dec. 18) morning. (Hope Fire Department/Facebook)
(Brendan Shykora/ Vernon Morning Star)

2 dogs dead, owners in hospital after house fire in Vernon

Star Road remains closed as the investigation continues

(Brendan Shykora/ Vernon Morning Star)