Mountie who spots structure fire, sparks evacuation


2018-01-03 09:12 PST

File # 2018-352

A Kelowna RCMP general duty officer blasted his police vehicles air horn and sirens to wake town house complex residents, after he spotted massive flames coming from one of the structures early Wednesday morning.

On January 3, 2018 at approximately 12:47 am, a general duty officer of the Kelowna RCMP, was on patrol in the area of Gordon Drive and Guisachan Road, when he spotted the blaze coming from a town house complex located in the 1200 block of Cameron Avenue.

The officer acted quickly, updated his police dispatcher and began to alert and evacuate residents. He initially used his police vehicles emergency sirens and air horn to wake residents of the town house complex, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. A short time later, he was joined by additional officers as they began to start evacuations of the building.

Police forced their entry into as many as 3 separate residential units that were deemed to be in immediate danger of the spreading flames, adds Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. In some cases police provided assistance to those with mobility issues from their homes.

The Kelowna Fire Department responded to the scene and battled the blaze for several hours. While evacuated residents were temporarily sheltered from the cold in city buses.

RCMP continue to secure the scene, as specially trained fire investigators with both the Kelowna RCMP and Kelowna Fire Department prepare to examine the fire scene in an attempt to identify a cause of the blaze.

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Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

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Kelowna RCMP
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