September 28, 2022
Major fire destroys two Vernon homes

“During the initial fire response, there was an explosion that occurred. The fire continued to extend into the rest of the home and into the roof of a neighbouring house,” said Deputy Fire Chief Russ Friesen. “Unfortunately, both homes and the motorhome have been lost. A second recreational vehicle also received significant damage.

“This has been a tragic event, however, we are grateful to say that all occupants of both homes were safely evacuated and the residents are now receiving assistance through Emergency Support Services (ESS).”

Additional firefighter and apparatus resources were called in to assist with the fire response, through a mutual aid agreement. Firefighters from the District of Coldstream, BX-Swan Lake, and Armstrong-Spallumcheen attended the scene. At the peak of the response, approximately 30 firefighters were on-scene to extinguish the fire and ensure it didn’t spread to any other neighbouring structures.

One firefighter was injured during the response and was transported to hospital for treatment. The firefighter has since been released from hospital. No other injuries were reported.

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