July 18, 2013 6:33 pm
Updated: July 19, 2013 1:53 pm

WATCH: Kelowna’s fire chief calls for balcony sprinklers


KELOWNA — Kelowna’s fire chief wants sprinklers mandatory on balconies, after a blaze sparked by a balcony barbeque destroyed much of Rutland’s Legacy II condo building Tuesday afternoon.

Fire Chief Jeff Carlisle is disappointed that building codes haven’t changed and that apartment buildings are not required to have sprinklers outside, not even on balconies.

“Fire departments across Canada have been advocating for sprinklers for a quarter century.”

This isn’t the first time a barbeque has caused major damage. In both 2001 and 2002 blazes ripped through townhouse complexes in Kelowna, with barbeques to blame.

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