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One person unaccounted for following house fire in Lumby, B.C.

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Three people escaped with their lives early this morning after a fire ripped through a North Okanagan home but one person remains unaccounted for. While police aren't confirming the fatality just yet, they do say that person was inside of the home when flames erupted. Klaudia Van Emmerik reports. – Jun 3, 2024

One person is still unaccounted for following a large house fire in Lumby B.C., early Monday morning.

Fire crews were called to a home in the 2000 block of Mountain View Avenue around 2:00 a.m., and when crews arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames.

“We just woke up to hear the doorbell ringing and somebody banging on the door,” said neighbour Marilyn Wudrich.

“They said you have to get out right now because your neighbour’s house is on fire.”

Large flames and plumes of smoke could be seen coming from a home in Lumby, B.C., Monday morning. Contributed

According to Cst. Chris Terleski, with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, only three of the four occupants have since been accounted for.

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Neighbours told Global News on Monday that an elderly couple, as well as their adult son and his partner lived in the home.

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“There is one person who was inside the house at the time the fire started who remains unaccounted for,” said Cst. Terleski.

Pictures show large flames and plumes of smoke coming from the house as crews battled the blaze.

In total, 18 fire personnel responded to the fire, including crews from the Lumby Fire Department, the Lavington Fire Department, and the BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue.

“A lot of flame coming out the door and out the back,” said Lumby’s Fire Chief Tony Clayton. “We arrived with an engine, aerial truck and we called in additional resources for manpower.”

A Lumby, B.C., home was completely destroyed following a fire Monday morning. Klaudia Van Emmerik / Global News

Crews were still at the scene as of Monday afternoon, monitoring for hotspots.

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The cause of the fire is unknown at this time however an investigation is now underway.

“I can’t imagine what they are going through, they are like us seniors. I’m sure they are very traumatized,” said Wudrich.

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