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Kelowna woman escapes from burning house

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A large home at the end of Bennett Road in Kelowna’s McKinley Landing neighbourhood has been leveled by a fire.

It started sometime after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

A woman who was renting the house was at home at the time.

A firefighter knocked on the door and alerted her to the fire.

An initial attack crew called for backup as their efforts to contain the blaze were not enough.

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Kelowna City Councilor Mohini Singh, who lives down the road, said additional crews helped douse the grass fire around the burning home, protecting the neighbourhood.

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Singh said neighbours on Bennett Road could only see smoke rising above the glow and were initially concerned their own homes may be in jeopardy.

Access to the forest-surrounded home was also made more difficult for fire crews due to a very long driveway.

Fire investigators say the blaze may have started because of a chimney failure that allowed super heated gases into the attic space.

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