An adult, two teenagers and four cats were able to get safely out of their Kelowna home after fire started in the basement laundry room late Monday morning, Kelowna Fire Rescue reported.
“At approximately 11:36 a.m., Kelowna Fire dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fire in a house in the 2500 block of Sexsmith Road,” said Platoon Captain Kelly Stephens. “The first arriving unit reported smoke coming from the rear of the structure. Fire crews gained entry into the house and knocked down the fire in the basement laundry room.”
Smith said all of the occupants at home at the time were safe and the family was now in the hands of Emergency Support Services.
“While the evaluation is done on the house, we’re not going to let them back in at this time because of the smoke smell throughout the house, it’s quite pungent, and we just want to ensure they are safe,” Stephens told Beach Radio News.
He credits a working smoke detector for alerting the family to the fire and urges the public to check their alarms to ensure they are working.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and Stephens says investigators remain at the scene.