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Firefighters suppress suspicious overnight fire at Lake Country’s Airport Inn

The Lake Country Fire Department said it quickly knocked down a suspicious overnight fire at the Airport Inn, early Friday.

According to the fire department, the 12:30 a.m. blaze occurred inside a second-floor unit, with the fire burning through the floor.

The unit is located in a wing of a building that was thought to be empty, with the fire damaging some adjoining units.

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As such, the fire department said the incident is under investigation by police and is thought to be suspicious.

Smoke and flames could be seen rising from the Inn.

The fire department said four fire engines and approximately 24 firefighters were on scene for around two hours.

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Kelowna resident reports hearing noise in spare room only to discover it was on fire
Kelowna resident reports hearing noise in spare room only to discover it was on fire

Meanwhile, Lake Country RCMP say they were called to assist the fire department at approximately 12:25 a.m., and that upon arriving, fire crews found the north end of the building completely engulfed in flames.

In a press release, police said that a number of tenants residing at the Inn were all accounted for and that no one was injured.

“Lake Country RCMP have since secured the property as the fire department and RCMP fire investigators continue to examine the scene in order to determine the cause of the fire,” said RCMP Const. Lesley Smith.

“Although this investigation is in its early stages, the circumstances surrounding the fire are being considered suspicious in nature.”

If you witnessed this incident or have any information about it, you are asked to contact the Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.