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Kelowna building evacuated, ‘distraught’ man barricades himself inside

The Kelowna Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on Thursday morning. Randy Millis

Kelowna RCMP said Thursday morning that they are dealing with an “unfolding situation” at a building along the city’s main thoroughfare.

The Kelowna Fire Department was called to a report of a fire at a building along the 1000 block of Harvey Ave., near the intersection with Gordon Drive, according to RCMP.

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Kelowna RCMP said officers were also called in and “firefighters reported locating a distraught man inside with injuries who had subsequently barricaded himself in a unit of the building.”

RCMP said the building has been evacuated and buses have been brought in to serve as a “temporary shelter.”

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Police said the area had been cordoned off to allow for first responders to safely deal with the situation.

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Traffic along Harvey was said to have been affected, but has been normal for the past 90 minutes.

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