Cat and dog die in house fire in Kelowna

Cat and dog die in house fire in Kelowna

The house is located 195 Valleyview Road in Rutland

Ten people will need to find a new place to live after a house fire in Rutland early Friday morning.

The Kelowna Fire Department responded to the scene around 9:30 a.m. after multiple 911 calls of heavy smoke coming from a four-plex unit at 195 Valleyview Road, near Highway 33 and Hollywood Road.

Upon arrival, firefighters found thick black smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building and initiated hand lines to contain the fire.

“All people have been accounted for,” said platoon fire chief Kelly Stephens, immediately following the fire.

He said seven adults and three children lived in the home. There were no reports of any injuries.

He initally told the media a cat and a dog had died, however upon further investigation firefighters confirmed only one dog had died.

“There were quite a few cats and a couple dogs and we just housed them in place inside the rooms that were clear of smoke.”

He said the fire was knocked down quickly, but not before fire and smoke had damaged half of the basement and upper suite.

Stephens said a large police presence was initially called to the scene because at one point they believe someone may have died in the fire, however that was not the case.

He said it appears the fire started near the rear of the building, but they have not determine the exact cause of the fire.

Investigators are on scene and will make that determination by this afternoon.

READ MORE: Trans-Canada Highway closed east of Revelstoke after head-on collision between trucks


Paul Clarke
Assistant bureau chief, B.C. Interior South Division
Email me at paul.clarke@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

A firefighter is seen entering the house with a hose at 165 Valleyview Road in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)                                A firefighter is seen entering the house with a hose at 195 Valleyview Road in Kelowna on Friday morning. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

A firefighter is seen entering the house with a hose at 165 Valleyview Road in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News) A firefighter is seen entering the house with a hose at 195 Valleyview Road in Kelowna on Friday morning. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Cat and dog die in house fire in Kelowna

Just Posted

Riverside Centre includes a theatre hosting local plays, visiting musicians and dance troupes. It is also used for community events such as public meetings and fundraisers. Photo Town of Princeton
A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
36 new cases of COVID-19, one death in Interior Health

The number of active cases in the region is at 366

Mussel inspection sit set up at B.C.-Alberta border. (Contributed)
Okanagan Basin Water Board calls for stronger invasive mussel protection

Letter sets out six recommendations for environment minister George Heyman to consider

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
B.C. dentists and bus drivers want newly-approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

BC Dental Association says dentists and their teams cannot treat patients remotely,

Premier John Horgan looks on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Premier touches on protest, housing controversy in Penticton

Protesters have said they plan to go on despite police warning

Googlemaps photo
WorkBC's Find Your Fit tour will be at Len Wood Middle school Tuesday.
LOCKDOWN: Armstrong student allegedly threatens staff with weapon

RCMP called, no students were at risk, according to school

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is calling for teachers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Why it’s ‘urgent’ B.C. teachers get vaccinated from COVID-19 before summer

President Teri Mooring says not enough is being done to prevent virus transmission in schools

Hundreds gather in Penticton in June 2020, for the Black Lives Matter protest. (Phil McLachlan, Black Press Media)
Penticton residents fire back at RCMP over right to protests during pandemic

As long as COVID-19 safety measures are maintained, citizens have a right to protest

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, endangered orcas from the J pod swim in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. A new study from federal researchers provides the most detailed look yet at what the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas eat. Scientists with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center spent years collecting fecal samples from the whales as well as scales from the fish they devoured. They say their data reaffirm the central importance of Chinook salmon to the whales. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Study reinforces importance of Chinook to Pacific Northwest orcas

Data confirms how central the big salmon are to the orca’s diet year-round

Penticton’s Law Courts.	(File)
South Okanagan beach attacker to serve two more years behind bars

Thomas Kruger-Allen was sentenced in a Penticton court on Friday

Most Read