Lake Country house destroyed in large fire, 11 dogs rescued – Keremeos Review


UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.

When the call came just before 4 p.m. that a house in Lake Country had flames bursting from the roof, Fire Chief Steve Windsor could already see smoke from the fire hall.

“When we got to the scene he was fully involved,” he said.

There was no one at the house when the fire started and it was the neighbors who called 911. The neighbors also took action to save two dogs and eight puppies from the burning house.

“The crews actually found the last dog, which had to be taken to the vet in Kelowna, but she appeared to be in pretty good shape,” Windsor said.

Firefighters discovered the dog hiding in the upstairs shower of the house.

“If you had asked me when we got here, I would have said she was gone,” he said. “She’s a very lucky bitch.”

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, however, Windsor said the flames appeared to have started at the back of the house and it is possible that the ignition point was at the outside the residence.

According to Windsor, the house is a total loss.

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UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

A family dog ​​who went missing in a structure fire in Lake Country has been safely rescued from the home.

According to a neighbor, the family was not at home when the fire broke out and had only moved into the house for the past three months.

Firefighters managed to save two adult dogs and eight puppies from the house, while the third dog was later rescued.

The fire started around 3:40 p.m. and continued to burn for almost two hours. The crews remain on site to extinguish the hot spots.

The family is now taken care of by emergency social services.

It is not known how the fire started, however, it appears to be completely destroyed.

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UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.

The owners of a residence which caught fire on Thursday afternoon arrived on the scene.

No one was in the house when the fire broke out. According to a woman, one of the family dogs is missing.

Neighbors in the area are urged to check their yards for the lost puppy.

Two large dogs and eight puppies have reportedly been removed from the house and are safe.

The firefighters remain on site because flames are still visible behind the house.

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UPDATE: 4:36 p.m.

Five fire engines respond to a massive fire in Lake Country.

According to people on site, the fire in the structure reported around 3:40 p.m. caused heavy smoke in the area.

The RCMP blocked Hallam Drive. An ambulance and three unmarked police vehicles are also on the scene.

According to an RCMP officer, there was no one at home when the fire broke out.

ORIGINAL:

Smoke can be seen rising over Lake Country after a structure fire broke out Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews are heading to 10839 Hallam Drive after a call was received indicating that flames were seen coming from a building at around 3:40 p.m.

Residents of Westside Road say they can see smoke rising across Lake Okanagan.

Black Press has a reporter visiting the scene and will update with more information shortly.


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