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Fire Rips Through Oliver Rest Home


A fire ripped through a rest home in Oliver on Monday night destroying several units in the building.

The 13 unit building at 6061 Kootenay Ave. in Oliver went up in flames just after 11 pm and firefighters battled the blaze for several hours.

Some residents suffered the effects of smoke inhalation but, there were no significant injuries reported.

Several dozen people were displaced as Dale Kronebusch from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Emergency Services explains.

"We put 11 folks in the Alliance Church for group lodging and then 14 other folks went to other places with friends and family within the community. So that was a total of 25 people who got displaced out of their home. We're not sure when they will be able to go back home. We haven't determined how much damage there was to the facility and whether there are some suites or units available for people to go back and live in. We have staff working today to look after medications and looking at the long term housing for these people."

Investigators are on the scene today to determine a cause of the blaze and according to a police media release as with all fires of this nature this event will be treated as suspicious until proven otherwise.

The property owners from North Kelowna, have been advised and have attended the scene and confirmed that the building is insured.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

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