Just before 830 this morning West Kelowna Fire Rescue (WKFR) was dispatched to a residential structure fire with occupants trapped. When crews arrived they confirmed that occupants were still in the back bedroom on the second floor.
The firefighters from Lakeview Heights E32 and Westbank E31 made a quick entry into the structure for fire control and to conduct a primary search supported by crews from Rosevalley E33 and Glenrosa E34.
The firefighters found one unresponsive child and one disoriented adult still inside the house that they carried out to awaiting crews on the front lawn to begin first aid. The child and adult both responded to the treatment and were transported under the advanced care of BCAS to Kelowna General Hospital (KGH).
In total 3 adults and 2 children were transported to KGH by BC Ambulance. One adult and one child from the basement suite managed to escape with only minor injuries while assisting other tenants out of the building. Both the homeowner and tenants were insured at the time of this incident.
WKFR did an incredible job at a very difficult incident, timely decisions made by first arriving officers made all the difference in the outcome of this incident. The cause of the fire at this point is undetermined and still under investigation. WKFR would like to remind homeowners to ensure there are working smoke alarms on all floors and in every bedroom as well.
WKFR responded with 4 Engines and one command unit with a total of 14 member, BCAS responded with 5 ambulances, RCMP with two members, one crew from both Fortis Gas and Hydro.