UPDATE: Fuel deemed to be source for condo evacuation in Kelowna
The Kelowna Fire Department said its hazmat team responded to the scene shortly after 11 a.m., due to the smell of fuel.
“Two members of the hazmat team entered the building with atmospheric testing equipment and confirmed the presence of gasoline,” said the fire department, adding crews had trouble gaining access to one of the rooms in the residence as it was locked.
The fire department said the tenant arrived and let crews into the locked room so they could complete their search.
All the gasoline was safely removed from the residence, added the fire department.
“There was some fuel in the unit; it’s all been removed,” said fire department platoon captain Scott Clarke.
“I’m not sure what the hold-up for not being able to entre the room was, but everything is good now.”
Emergency crews are outside a condominium in Kelowna, with police saying they are investigating the discovery of apparently hazardous materials within a suite.
Police say some neighbouring units are being evacuated.
The suite is located in the Playa Del Sol Resort, along the 600 block of Cook Road and Lakeshore Road.
“Discoveries made on site this morning by the Kelowna Fire Department and police have prompted an evacuation of neighbouring units inside the resort to ensure public safety,” said Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
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Police expect to be on the scene for a number of hours as they conduct their investigation.
They are also asking the public to avoid the area and to allow emergency crews space to work.
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