Volunteer Firefighters from both Hedley and Keremeos worked together to douse the flames and protect the neighbouring homes in Hedley on September 13.

Volunteer Firefighters from both Hedley and Keremeos worked together to douse the flames and protect the neighbouring homes in Hedley on September 13.

Dismissed odour results in huge blaze

At 9:20 p.m., on Tuesday, September 13 the evening’s sky in Hedley was lit up with the orange glow of fire and flashing lights. Nine firefighters arrived on scene from the Hedley Volunteer Fire Department to find a derelict house ablaze in the 800 block of Cawston Avenue.

  • Sep. 21, 2011 12:00 p.m.

 

At 9:20 p.m., on Tuesday, September 13 the evening’s sky in Hedley was lit up with the orange glow of fire and flashing lights. Nine firefighters arrived on scene from the Hedley Volunteer Fire Department to find a derelict house ablaze in the 800 block of Cawston Avenue. The fire was aggressive and was trying to spread to the neighbouring house only a couple feet away. “The monitor was instrumental in protecting the next door house,” said Graham Gore, the communications officer for the Hedley Volunteer Fire Department.” “The operator put a wall of water between the two structures, and the pumper worked flawlessly.” Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene as back up at 10:03 p.m., and the crews worked together, finally extinguishing the fire around 11:50 p.m. The cause of the fire is unknown, however, residents did report smelling smoke between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., but dismissed it as someone burning garbage in their backyard.