A building under construction in Kelowna’s Mission area has been destroyed by a fire Saturday.
The fire started in the condo complex around 11 am on Truswell Road, and a nearby building also ignited.
Global TV says witnesses told them the fire was started by roofers working on the building.
Several firefighters required medical treatment.
The fire is now said to be out.
Photos courtesy of Global Okanagan and Russ Bythe (Click to enlarge)
News release issued by Central Okanagan Regional District:
An evacuation order has been issued for 176 units on Truswell and Capozzi Roads due to building fires. The order will remain in place overnight tonight as power and gas have been turned off for the area, which also means residential fire smoke alarms and suppression systems may be non-operational.
The evacuation order impacts The Waters Edge (65 units), Walnut Grove Motel (37 units), Charles M. Suites (11 units), Mission Shores (54 units) and nine single family waterfront homes.
Fire suppression work will be ongoing tonight and possibly longer.
Evacuees are being directed to the Salvation Army on Sutherland Ave, where Emergency Support Services (ESS) are set up with food and shelter options for displaced residents.
People are being reminded to stay clear of the general area as it remains a restricted access area.