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UPDATE: Vernon crews tackle 2 structure fires in 9-hour span

No one was reported injured in either blaze Saturday
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Crews responding to a garage fire at 39B Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. (Brendan Shykora- Morning Star)

Update: 4:35 p.m.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services was called out to two separate structure fires in a span of nine hours Saturday, Feb. 17.

Firefighters were first dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the 3300 block of 28th Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Crews found an out building on a property fully engulfed in flames, the City of Vernon said in a press release Saturday afternoon.

Crews managed to quickly contain the fire and limit damage. The file has been handed over to the RCMP for investigation.

Then, around 1:30 p.m., firefighters were called to another structure fire, in the 1400 block of 39B Avenue. Upon arriving, crews discovered a fire on the exterior of a detached garage, which extended into the attic.

Firefighters again quickly put out the fire and contained the damage to a single structure.

The cause of the second fire is undetermined but it is not being considered suspicious.

BC Ambulance Service and RCMP also attended the scene. No injuries were reported.

“In both incidents, the fire was quickly brought under control,” said Deputy Chief Alan Hofsink. “Today is an example of the dedicated hard work and expertise of our members.”

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Original:

Emergency crews in Vernon responded to a garage fire on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 17.

The blaze was reported at 1:20 p.m., with two fire trucks and one ambulance arriving at 39B Avenue shortly after.

One witness said there was visible smoke coming from the garage before fire crews arrived.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

Vernon RCMP was also on scene.

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