It’s believed a resident sustained serious burns during a North Westside house fire.
North Westside firefighters were called to a fully engulfed blaze on Pinecrest Road, in Westshore Estates, at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
“It was reported that the occupant on scene was burned but he was unavailable to firefighters and didn’t return,” said Dan Wildeman, the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s fire services manager.
A marijuana grow-op was located in the basement of the structure.
“We haven’t determined if it was legal or illegal and the cause of the fire is still under investigation,” said Wildeman, adding that electrical inspectors will be on scene and the RCMP and firefighters are working together.
The fire was so intense that flames burned through the roof.
“There was significant damage. It probably can’t be rebuilt,” said Wildeman.
A major focus was to ensure the fire didn’t spread to the stands of timber that dominate Westshore Estates.
“You protect exposures and try to confine the fire to the structure,” sad Wildeman.