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Kelowna firefighters extinguish Lakeshore Road basement fire

The Kelowna Fire Department said six vehicles and 18 personnel responded to a bedroom fire in a basement on Lakeshore Road early Wednesday.
The Kelowna Fire Department said six vehicles and 18 personnel responded to a bedroom fire in a basement on Lakeshore Road early Wednesday. Global News

A fire broke out in the basement of a Kelowna home early Wednesday, but local firefighters extinguished it.

The Kelowna Fire Department said the incident happened around 3:30 a.m., along the 4300 block of Lakeshore Road.

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Heavy smoke was coming from the home when emergency crews arrived, with firefighters locating the fire inside a bedroom in the basement.

All four tenants of the home were outside when firefighters arrived. Further, the fire department said a search for pets accounted all but one.

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Overall, the Kelowna Fire Department responded to the fire with six vehicles, including four fire engines, and 18 firefighters.

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“We had a fire in the lower part of the home, the basement,” fire investigator Rick Euper told Global News, adding crews weren’t quite sure what caused the incident, but they were working on it.

“It appears to be accidental as far as we can tell,” said Euper. “It definitely wasn’t a set fire, but it’s still under investigation.”

He added there was extensive smoke and heat damage throughout the home.