Lumby firefighters are on scene of a structure fire in the  2000 block of Grandview Avenue at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Lumby firefighters are on scene of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Grandview Avenue at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Lumby firefighters tackle residential blaze

Firefighters received reports of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Grandview Avenue at 10:34 a.m.

A Lumby home sustained significant damage during a Thursday morning blaze.

Firefighters were called to the 2000 block of Grandview Avenue at about 10:34 a.m.

“There was heavy smoke and flames coming out of the windows,” said Tony Clayton, Lumby fire chief.

Because of the intensity of the blaze, firefighters, who also came from Coldstream and Lavington, were unable to enter the structure.

Another challenge was the cold weather gripping the North Okanagan.

“All of the water was freezing so the guys were running around with sand to make it  (ground) safe for walking,” said Clayton.

The occupants of the home were able to get outside uninjured.

The next step will be to try and determine the cause of the blaze.

“At this time, there is nothing suspicious about it but until we get in there, it’s too early to tell,” said Clayton.

However, the extent of the damage may make the investigation challenging.

“Some of the floors are burned out,” said Clayton.