Firefighter injured, two animals perish in West Kelowna house fire

A house on Ponderosa Road in West Kelowna went up in flames just after 3 a.m., on Thursday. Jen Stonner

Five people have been displaced from their home after the structure went up in flames in West Kelowna overnight.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR) responded just after 3 a.m., Thursday, to a blaze that broke out at a home on Ponderosa Road.

The rear of the home was fully engulfed in flames by the time the fire department arrived on scene.

The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Jen Stonner
A photo showing the fire-ravaged West Kelowna home. Global News

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Four engines, one ladder truck and three support vehicles responded with 21 personnel.

WKFR said crews attacked the flames and entered the building to search for any occupants.

The five occupants got out of the burning structure safely and are in the care of Emergency Support Services.

One pet was found by firefighters but two other pets did not survive.

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According to WKFR, one firefighter was injured and is undergoing further assessment.

Fire chief Jason Brolund said the firefighter fell through the floor to the basement.

The firefighter rescued himself, but suffered injuries to his knee and back. He was transported to hospital, but was discharged and is recovering at home.

WKFR said the fire’s cause was determined to be accidental, related to cooking activities on the lower level.

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