1 dead in Kelowna house fire

Fire crews confirm a resident of the home died in the fire, but did not offer more details about the victim. (David Horemans/CBC)

Fire officials in Kelowna, B.C., confirm one person has died in an early morning house fire.

The fire started at around 4 a.m. PT at a single family home on Springfield Avenue in the citys Rutland neighbourhood, according to fire officials.

“That fire was quite involved. There were people at home and there has been a fatality,” said Tim Light, platoon captain with the Kelowna Fire Department.

“RCMP fire investigators have now fully completed their examination of the scene,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

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“Im not sure if the body was taken out in a rescue or whether it was found after.”

All four residents of the home initially made it out safely, but a woman re-entered the home and unfortunately never re-emerged.

He said he believes the fire may have started outside, but the official cause is still unknown. 

The Kelowna Fire Department and RCMP were originally called to the fire shortly after 5 a.m. today.

RCMP Cpl. Jesse ODonaghey said the victim was a female resident of the home.

KELOWNA – A fire in a computer server room this morning left a Kelowna commercial building with some structural damage. Firefighters were called to the building in the 1700 block of Harvey Avenue at around 6 a.m. today, March 13. A fire in a second floor computer server room had spread into the rest of the floor and the ceiling, according to a Kelowna Fire Department media release.

Police say a passerby was driving along Springfield Road, when he spotted the blaze and took action. Witnesses say the man pulled into the driveway and honked his horn repeatedly to alert those still believed to be sleeping inside.

“Our government’s commitments to employment initiatives such as the Canadian Army’s Full-Time Summer Employment program, demonstrates another investment not only in Canadian youth, but also in Canadian army reserves,” said Sajjan.

“Witnesses at the scene have told police that four occupants, including a man, a woman and 2 children were observed fleeing from their home to safety,” said ODonaghey.

“Investigators believe that the woman re-entered the residence for an unconfirmed reason. Tragically she was not seen re-exiting the home.”

Woman dies in Kelowna house fire

An investigation is now underway with assistance from the RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service. 

RCMP Victim Services is helping the family and providing emotional support, said ODonaghey.

“(The program) guarantees four years of summer employment,” he said. “Before, that wasn’t the case.”

The house fire was one of three fires that crews responded to Tuesday morning.

A fire at the now vacant former CHBC building on Leon Avenue was reported as a smoldering fire in a studio ceiling.

A separate fire was on the second floor of a commercial building on Highway 97. 

Light said both of those fires were caught in the early stages and damage was kept to a minimum with no injuries reported.

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KELOWNA – A woman who escaped a burning home in Kelowna early this morning was killed when she went back inside the inferno. The fire at a home in the 2600 block of Springfield Road was spotted by someone driving by at around 5:05 a.m. today, March 13, according to a RCMP media release. Police say the passerby pulled into the driveway and laid on the horn to wake the sleeping family inside. Witnesses told police a man, a woman and two children escaped the burning house. “Investigators believe that the woman re-entered the residence for an unconfirmed reason,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Tragically she was not seen re-exiting the home.”

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