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Residents run hoses to brush fireplace, the second suspicious blaze in West Kelowna neighbourhood

West Kelowna firefighters and RCMP had been referred to as to a brush fireplace that started to unfold into timber Friday afternoon after calls from residents in the 3700 block of Pleasantview Road.

While some residents took footage of the rising flames, others grabbed their backyard hoses to douse the blaze.

A resident on Pleasantview Rd. in West Kelowna uses a garden hose on a brush fire Friday afternoon.

A resident on Pleasantview Rd. in West Kelowna makes use of a backyard hose on a brush fireplace Friday afternoon.

Contributed/ Global Okanagan

Assistant Fire Chief Chad Gartrell mentioned the suspicious fireplace was the second of its variety in that individual stretch of forest close to Glen Canyon.

“It was a smoldering rank one. When they got here, it started to climb into the ladder fuels a little bit, so rank two,” Gartrell mentioned, noting the blaze had grown to about 6m x 6m.

Several different suspicious brush fires have been doused in West Kelowna in the previous few months however nobody has been arrested.

Gartrell mentioned the moist climate made it simpler to put out the fireplace.

“We were fortunate to have rain this afternoon,” mentioned Gartrell. “We still have a fire rating of four late in September so that’s fairly rare at this time of year. So if we didn’t have this rain coming down, there’s definitely a chance it would have gotten away a little bit more than it did today.”

RCMP have taken over the investigation.

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