Blaze destroys Westside home

Okanagan Indian Band firefighters were called to the Newport Beach blaze shortly before 4 p.m.

Okanagan Indian Band firefighters battle a house fire near Newport Beach Tuesday.

Okanagan Indian Band firefighters battle a house fire near Newport Beach Tuesday.

Fire destroyed a Westside home, garage and a vehicle Tuesday.

Okanagan Indian Band firefighters were called to the Newport Beach blaze shortly before 4 p.m.

“When we arrived the house was fully involved,” said chief Dave Lawrence.

“The owner said she heard two explosions in the garage.”

B.C. Hydro lines were also knocked down.

“When she looked she said she saw the power lines were down on her car,” said Lawrence, adding that the car was destroyed.

The owner had insurance, but it is believed two cats are missing since the blaze.

Firefighters were on scene for a couple hours battling the blaze, which proved difficult due to a lack of water.

“We had to truck water back and forth,” said Lawrence. “It’s an area where water is an issue.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.