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UPDATED: Emergency crews rush to West Kelowna fire

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A house was badly damaged during a blaze in West Kelowna on Monday morning.

Fire crews were called to 2330 Butt Rd. just after 8 a.m.

“We could see the black smoke from the fire hall,” said West Kelowna fire Capt. Pat Harmata, adding that there were multiple calls about the blaze.

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“On arrival, we had a fully involved garage (fire) with a car inside,” he said.

No one was inside the home by the time fire crews arrived, Harmata said.

“We did an initial attack on the garage and the car and then we proceeded to enter the structure and we had to pull some of the ceiling in order to access the fire. It had spread from the garage area into the attic of the house,” Harmata said.

The garage is destroyed, and there is smoke, water and insulation damage throughout the house, he added.

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Harmat said the popping and banging sounds that neighbours heard were likely from the vehicle’s tires.

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“They don’t tend to blow up, as you see in the movies, but you do get some pops and bangs for sure,” he said.

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Harmat said the house likely wouldn’t be habitable for some time.

The fire department is still investigating the blaze but said it is not considered suspicious.

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