Vernon firefighters battled two structure fires overnight Friday

Kitchen fires keep crews busy

Two fires in six hours kept Vernon Fire Rescue Services crews busy on the weekend

Two fires in six hours kept Vernon Fire Rescue Services crews busy on the weekend.

Firefighters did a great job to make sure a blaze on one side of a duplex in the 3700 block of Commonage Crescent did not do much damage to the neighbouring home.

The fire was reported at 3:22 a.m.

“We got a call of smoke and flames showing from a house and when firefighters arrived, they found a structure fire on one side of a duplex,” said deputy fire chief Jack Blair Monday. “There were heavy flames showing out the roof at the front of the building.

“The guys were able to get a large volume of water in through the front of the home which knocked the fire down.”

Crews began demolition and entered the building to do a primary search and further fire suppression.

“Fortunately, there was minimal spread to the unit next door and minimal damage,” said Blair.

There was extensive damage to the top half of the duplex on fire.

Both units were evacuated.

Emergency social services personnel were on hand to deal with the family whose unit was destroyed. The family was given temporary accommodation for three nights.

Blair said the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area of the home, and was not believed to be suspicious in nature.

Six hours earlier, firefighters had been dealing with another kitchen fire, this one at a single-family home in the 4100 block of 20th Street.

“The people with the home were there,” said Blair. “It looks like while they had their backs turned, a pot took off on them and caught fire, as did the cabinetry above the stove.

“There was heavy smoke coming from the front of the building again. Our guys went inside and found heavy smoke and a small flame in the kitchen area, then knocked it down.”

The family will be displaced from their home for a week or so as a restoration firm fixes up the residence.

There were no injuries in either fire.

 

Just Posted

Vernon council waits on fence as report prepared

Council to get information on cost of erecting fence for off-leash dog area at Marshall Field

Vernon Transit enjoys stellar year

Ridership up over tier average, says BC Transit representative

Biker airlifted from Vernon mountain resort

22-year-old injured at SilverStar Mountain Resort

Inaugural KidSport Greater Vernon golf tourney raises $18,000

Event raises single largest fundraising amount for Greater Vernon KidSport

Report says Canadian communities responding to climate change

New research highlights state of local adaptation planning in Canada

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Man accused of assault at South Okanagan beach gets bail

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen was granted bail at the Penticton provincial courthouse on Monday

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Most Read