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Close call in balcony fire

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | 10:21 pm

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A firefighter tends to a fire on a four-floor balcony. (Photo submitted by Phillip zu Putlitz)

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At 17:18 this evening the Kelowna Fire Department responded to a report of smoke showing from a 4th floor balcony at 3739 Casorso Rd, Mission Meadows. The first arriving fire crew confirmed smoke on the 4th floor balcony of the four storey wood frame multi-family structure. Crews quickly gained access to the unit and extinguished the fire on the balcony.
The fire was contained to a small area on the balcony with extension into the deck surface and exterior wall. The fire could have been much worse had it not been for the exterior hardi-plank siding. There were no occupants home at the time of the fire. The fire appears to have started in a planter on the balcony from discarded smoking material. Damage is estimated at $1000.00. The tenants, who were not displaced by the fire, returned home to find fire fighters cleaning up the debris form the fire.
The Kelowna Fire Department would like to remind the public to ensure smoking material is fully extinguished and discarded in non combustible containers.

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