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UPDATE: Vernon family in need of items after fire

Alexis Park area residents got out of home safely and crews were quick to snuff small blaze
A fire sparked inside an Alexis Park area home Friday morning. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)


A social media post says the family will not be able to get back into their house for three-to-six months, and they have no clothes, no toys, no toiletries.

They did have insurance but do not have the $500 deductible as they have been struggling financially, the post says.

Anyone who can donate items for this family can call 250-503-8859 or


Vernon Fire Rescue crews responded to a structure fire Friday morning.

A small fire was sparked inside a home in the 3500 block of 40th Avenue. Firefighters received reports of the fire around 11:10 a.m.

Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from a basement door. Firefighters entered the basement and quickly snuffed the fire, containing it to the interior of the basement. The basement sustained minor fire damage and there was smoke damage to the upper floor.

The Alexis Park area residents were home at the time but escaped unharmed.

The residents now find themselves displaced for a period of time and will be offered assistance through the Emergency Support Services program if necessary.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Initial reports indicate the blaze may have been sparked from the breaker box.

BC Ambulance Service and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP also attended the scene.

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Jennifer Smith

About the Author: Jennifer Smith

Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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