The Kelowna Fire Department responded to a blaze in the northern end of the city’s downtown core Saturday morning, Feb. 3.
A fire on the third floor of Ellis Place, a supportive housing building located at 1055 Ellis Street prompted occupants of the building to evacuate and a road closure between Recreation Avenue and Gaston Avenue.
The building was fully evacuated by the time 17 crew members responded to the blaze at around 10:40 a.m.
Everyone was accounted for and there were no injuries, said Capt. Corrie Lang from the KFD.
“It turned out to be a smoldering mattress in one of the units and the sprinkler system extinguished the fire,” Lang said. “Mostly smoke and water damage now.”
The road has since reopened, with crews currently cleaning up the scene.
Lang said the cause of the fire is unknown.
BREAKING - @KelownaRCMP and fire crews have Ellis Street from Recreation to Gaston closed due to a structure fire on the third floor at 1055 Ellis Street. Multiple crews are on scene. @KelownaCapNews @BlackPressMedia pic.twitter.com/wSuT9r1qUh— Jordy Cunningham (@CunninghamJordy) February 3, 2024