There is speculation to what started a fire in the roof area of the Phase 2 Water’s Edge condo under construction at Truswell and Capozzi in Kelowna on Saturday morning, but nothing has been confirmed by the fire chief. Investigators will have their work cut out for them after the 6 storey building became fully involved, then collapsed. The fire also spread next door to part of Phase 1 and the Walnut Grove Motel causing extensive damage to a total of 20 units. Four fire fighters were briefly trapped in the early stages of battling the blaze – three were taken to KGH for treatment. Residents and guests were able to get out with the help of RCMP and KFD personnel. Damage to both structures is still being assessed and residents are being helped by Emergency Services.
The wildfire situation in the province is not getting any better as thousands of people remain evacuated in the Cariboo, Cache Creek and Princeton areas. The town of 100 Mile House was ordered evacuated last night. Hundreds more people are on alert to be ready to get out as more than 220 fires burn. The Canadian Forces have been called in to help assist provincial crews deal with the State of Emergency. Three Griffin helicopters flew into Kelowna yesterday and fixed wing aircraft will also be arriving. Numerous roads and highways have been closed. Your best bet is to keep checking Drive BC. So far, the Connector, Coquihalla and Highway 3 to the coast are fine. The province has announced a $100-million fund to provide impacted communities and residents the resources needed to rebuild.
West Kelowna fire fighters tackled what is being labeled a suspicious blaze at a house in Lakeview Heights Saturday evening. The home near Concord and Hudson sustained fire damage to the exterior and attic, along with water damage to the living area. Investigators will be trying to determine what started it.
West Kelowna Fire Crews had to deal with a hazmat incident at the PetroCan at Ross and East Boundary yesterday when fuel in a power boat leaked into the hull. The area was evacuated and the fuel was dealt with along with the Kelowna Fire Hazmat Team and the Environment Ministry. The 100 litres of fuel was drained into a holding pool then transferred to a special truck from a local hazmat operator. The operation took about 5-1/2 hours and there were no injuries.
By the time it’s over, the price tag for the response and demobilization of flood protection around Okanagan Lake could be around 30 million dollars. It could be another three weeks before the lake level is back to where it should be for this time of year. In the meantime Crews will continue removing flood protection barriers and some areas and recovering sandbags. The Emergency Response Center has good information for owners affected by the flooding.
Work begins today to replace the bridge over MacDougall Creek on Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna. Motorists can expect delays today through Sunday. The road will be completely shut down next Monday until perhaps the end of October. Motorists and cyclists are asked to use Old Okanagan Highway to access Highway 97. The walkway may be closed from time to time as well.
The City of Kelowna has bought more property around the airport to allow for future expansion. The land in the 44-hundred block of Bullman Road is currently leased to the Kelowna Polo Club and is next to the Shadow Ridge Golf Course, which the city also owns on behalf of the airport. The 78 acre parcel was bought for just under 4 Million dollars.
Kelowna RCMP are hoping the public can help them find 4 idiots that were on the lake in Sea-Doos on Thursday. They sped around and swamped a couple of boats – in once case apparently sending a 2 year old into Okanagan Lake. Personal items were soaked and the boaters were scared. Police think these clowns had rented the watercraft and would like to hear from anyone else that encountered them or may have seen the 4 being returned somewhere.
After a lot of complaints, Kelowna RCMP are cracking down on those who think everyone within a few blocks should enjoy the sound of their car or bike. Volunteers will be out recording the licence plates of offending vehicles for police to follow up. They’ll be listening for loud engines, exhaust and squealing tires. Owners could get a $109 ticket and 2 penalty points. It’s up to the city to bring in laws dealing with loud car stereos.
The BC Lions find themselves tied for second with Edmonton in the CFL West after week 3, although the Eskies have played 1 game less. The Stampeders are one point ahead of them. The Lions play in Hamilton on Saturday against the winless Ti-Cats.
The Toronto Blue Jays concluded their 4 game home stand with Houston, getting thrashed 19-1. Major League Baseball takes a break now for the all-star game tomorrow in Miami.
At the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic, 23 year old Xander Schuaffele from California posted a final score of 14 under par for the championship. Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor had a respectable tourney finishing in a group at 9 under.