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Burtch Plaza Fire- November 26th 2012, Kelowna BC

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Published on Nov 26, 2012

My husband and I watched the fire that started at 1 AM on November 26th 2012. It started with the building smoking a lot filling the streets with thick, black smoke. We left to get our camera and when we returned at 1:40 AM it was still smoking until about 1:50AM when the fire actually started to engulf the building. It happened so quick, what seemed like a fire that had already been put out it was quite a surprise to see the building burn up so quickly. Due to fast, amazing emergency crews the fire was able to be put out leaving most the plaza un damaged. Although a few businesses were completely destroyed by the fire, it could have got a lot worse. Sorry for the reaction in the video, Oh my goodness was the only thing that could come to mind while watching this unbelievable fire take place right before our eyes!


UPDATE: 7:23 a.m.

The fire started at approximately 1:10 a.m., when the Kelowna Fire Department responded to several 9/11 calls of smoke and flames coming from the strip mall at 1470 Harvey Ave.

According to Platoon Captain Tim Light, first responders reported heavy smoke coming from the roof above units five and six of the strip mall. Crews began an offensive interior attack, but were forced to change to a defensive exterior attack when the ceiling of the units started to collapse.

One employee was evacuated from Cora's restaurant and residents from nearby apartment buildings were also evacuated and sheltered in the lobbies. Once the fire was extinguished they were allowed back in their suites. No injuries were reported from the fire or during the evacuation.

In total, the KFD had four fire engines, a rescue vehicle, ladder truck, command vehicle and several support vehicles on scene with 44 personnel.

The cause of the blaze is listed as undetermined at this time. Investigators will be on scene this morning.

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A huge fire has damaged much of Burtch Plaza at the corner of Burtch and Hwy. 97, in Kelowna.

The massive blaze started about 2 a.m. and is burning several businesses. People have been evacuated from buildings surrounding the plaza.

The Plaza is home to several businesses. As of 3 a.m. fire fighters were trying to save Cora (restaurant).

These are the businesses that are already destroyed:

Color Me Mine
Eco Water
Soccer Express
Canadian 2 For 1 Pizza
There are no reports of any injuries a this time.

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