UPDATED THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 9:35 A.M.
Two people escaped a house fire at a permanent, year-round home on Okanagan Lake off Westside Road Wednesday.
The Okanagan Indian Band received the call about a fire on Louie’s Lane just after 7 p.m.
“When we arrived the house was fully involved,” said OKIB Fire Chief Dave Lawrence. “This structure here (pointing to burning rubble) and his shop burned down. We protected two other structures.”
A man and woman inside the home were able to get out safely.
“The man was the one who discovered the fire,” said Lawrence. “He said he discovered it burning in the living room area, which was the lake side of the home.”
A neighbouring seasonal home, with nobody living there, suffered damage to its siding and soffits.
The fire cause is currently listed as undetermined, though the blaze remains under investigation.
Crews fought the fire into the early hours of Thursday, and returned at daybreak as the rubble continued to smoulder.
There were reports late Wednesday night of a fire involving three homes off of Westside Road near Newport Beach.
Okanagan Indian Band fire crews were on the scene at 11 p.m. and smoke was visible — and breathable — from Louie’s Lane looking southwest towards Jenny Lane.
Two ambulances were seen leaving the area headed towards Vernon but with no lights visible and no sirens audible.
There was no word on injuries, cause or damage late Wednesday.
We will have more on the story when details are confirmed Thursday morning by officials.