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West Kelowna Fire Dept., RCMP investigating early-morning fire

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The investigation into a fire at a West Kelowna fiveplex has been turned over to the RCMP – Jul 8, 2019

West Kelowna fire crews were called to a blaze on Westbank First Nation early Monday morning.

Shortly after 1 a.m., firefighters rushed to respond to a fire in a unit at Quail Court on Boucherie Road, according to the West Kelowna Fire Department.

A unit in the five-unit building was fully involved in flames when the fire department arrived, but everybody escaped safely, fire officials said.

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RCMP, B.C. Ambulance, BC Hydro and Fortis Gas also responded to the scene.

Fire Chief Jason Brolund said in a news release that damage was contained to the one unit, but four families were displaced overnight as a precaution.

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Extended interview: Details about the residential fire in West Kelowna early on Monday morning – Jul 8, 2019

WATCH ABOVE: West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund tells Global Okanagan the details of Monday morning’s residential blaze in West Kelowna.

Emergency support services offered help to those who didn’t have friends or family to stay with.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, but the fire department believes it is suspicious.

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Fire department investigators and RCMP are expected to be back at the scene on Monday morning.

“This fire serves as a stark reminder of the importance of working smoke alarms,” Brolund said. “Every residence should have one. It can mean the difference of life or death.”

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The fire department said there were no injuries in the blaze.

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