Small pallet fire behind downtown Okanagan businesses extinguished

Happened just before noon in Vernon

Vernon Fire Rescue Services helped fully extinguish a small pallet fire behind a downtown Vernon business that was being put out by concerned citizens.

The fire was called in at 11:45 a.m. Sunday morning behind Furmanek Jewellers, at 30th Avenue and 31st Street. The building is also home to a pair of other businesses.

“When we arrived, a citizen was using a water extinguisher to put out a small pallet fire,” said VFRS Capt. Doug Imrich. “It touched the side of the building. It looks like there isn’t any extension into the building. Hydro and the (building) owner are coming so we can go inside and check it out.”

Damage could be seen at the back to the building’s siding and to a Canada Post mailbox. The burnt pallet was also visible.

“The mailbox was against the building and the pallet was against the building with a bunch of cardboard which looked it might be where a transient might sleep,” said Imrich. “Something caught that on fire.”

A citizen pulled the pallet out from against the building.

Nobody was inside the building at the time.

The matter remains under investigation.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges cadet program on gendered policy

He wants the policy to be more gender inclusive

In photos: Uptown Askew’s Family Day

The Uptown Askew’s Family Day event was filled with classic cars, face… Continue reading

CSRD to support cannabis growth in agricultural zones

Regional district revision brings policy in line with Agricultural Land Commission

Word on the street: Has the wet July weather put a damper on your summer any?

Due to the wetter-than-usual July weather, the Observer asked: Has the wet… Continue reading

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Showers to start weekend, sun returning soon

Environment Canada forecasts rain on Saturday and the heat returning next week

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry crop

Cherry growers say this is the worst season they’ve seen in decades

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Hespeler had connection to Mennonite migration

Home in Summerland was built in 1907, moved when the highway was changed

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

Most Read