Flames rip through home

A darkened shell is all that remains of a Vernon home after a fire Sunday

Flames shoot out of a residence in the Sandy Beach Mobile Home Park Sunday. The fire forced a mother and adult son out of the residence.

A darkened shell is all that remains of a Vernon home after a fire Sunday.

A mother and adult son had to flee smoke and flames  at the Sandy Beach Mobile Home Park on Tronson Road at about 8 a.m.

“They are all right but there will be a bit of a shock,” said neighbourhood Rick Samoleski, who spoke to the son Monday.

The family is insured but they lost two cats in the blaze.

The mother and son have been a fixture in the mobile home park since 1975.

The unit was fully involved when Vernon firefighters arrived on scene.

“Any time there’s a mobile home involved, you get a fast-spreading fire,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief.

“It took awhile to make sure it was out.”

There was also a concern that the blaze may spread to other structures.

“We were lucky that the crew was able to stop it at one trailer,” said Skolrood.

Samoleski watched the firefighters’ efforts from across the road.

“I saw a bunch of smoke and on the front corner there were flames,” he said.

The cause of the fire is not considered suspicious but was under investigation by the RCMP as the fire department does not have jurisdiction on First Nations land.

The son told Samoleski that the fire started near an electrical panel.

“He said he heard a pop and a flash and it went up fast,” said Samoleski.



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