News

Blaze destroys downtown home

Vernon firefighters tackle a residential blaze in the 2800 block of 35th Street Saturday morning. The fire started inside a bedroom and the cause remains under investigation although officials don’t consider it to be suspicious. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Vernon firefighters tackle a residential blaze in the 2800 block of 35th Street Saturday morning. The fire started inside a bedroom and the cause remains under investigation although officials don’t consider it to be suspicious.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The cause is still being determined for a fire that gutted a downtown Vernon residence.

Firefighters were called to the 2800 block of 35th Street Saturday at about 10:30 a.m.

“There was heavy smoke and flames coming out  of three or four windows,” said Jack Blair, Vernon deputy fire chief.

“The crew covered off the exposures to prevent damage to the houses next door and then they knocked the fire down.”

There were initial reports that someone may be inside the structure, but that proved to be false.

“Witnesses saw four people leave the back of the  house when the fire started but it doesn’t seem suspicious. It wasn’t a set fire,” said Blair.

It’s been determined the blaze began in a bedroom.

“The cause is unknown and still under investigation,” said Blair.

Officials have not had any contact with the property owner and it’s not known if the residence was insured.

“There’s a lot of damage to the interior and the contents,” said Blair.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Organizers of annual fundraiser praying for snow on Mount Washington
 
You are not what you eat, says author visiting Courtenay
 
Strathcona Nordics second overall at BC Midget championships
Community Foundation accepts grant applications
 
Spooktacular raises money for breast cancer patient
 
UPDATE: 2 confirmed dead in Marysville, Washington school shooting
Victoria terror suspects more ‘disgruntled’ than political: expert
 
Harvest fan
 
VIDEO: Witnesses describe scene at Parliament Hill; Raw footage of Ottawa shootings

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.