Large fire destroys West Kelowna boat storage building

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UPDATE: 1:25 p.m.

The fire started following the demolition of a building at Gellatly Boat Storage at 4058 Gellatly Road.

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund said there was no one inside when the blaze broke out which calmed the crews’ sense of urgency to battle the flames.

Gellatly Road and Angus Drive are closed so crews can operate safely to extinguish the fire.

RCMP were going door-to-door in the area to notify residents to shut their doors and windows due to the smoke and fumes from the blaze.

Brolund believes the fire could burn for some time.

The building was a former fruit-packing house that was converted into boat storage.

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UPDATE: 1 p.m.

According to a witness in the area, RCMP are reportedly going door to door asking residents along the east side of Angus Drive to prepare to evacuate due to the heavy smoke coming from the boat launch.

Gellatly Road is currently closed south of the intersection with Boucherie Road. Angus Drive is also closed to traffic.


ORIGINAL:

West Kelowna fire crews are responding to a fire at a boat launch on Gellatly Road.

Crews were called to the scene just after 12:20 p.m., for reports of a fully involved structure fire at Gellatly Boat Storage at 4058 Gellatly Road.

A large plume of black smoke can be seen in the area, visible from Highway 97.

A West K News reporter is headed to the scene.

More to come.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com


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