Fire sweeps through unfinished condos in Kelowna, B.C., forcing nearby evacuations

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KELOWNA, B.C. — A condominium development under construction in Kelowna, B.C., has been severely damaged in a fierce early morning blaze.

Flames broke out in a new phase of the Parklane townhouse complex on Kelowna's north side on Tuesday.

Fire swept through the unfinished units while intense heat damaged occupied condos nearby, forcing evacuations.

One resident says his condo overlooking the fire is now uninhabitable as windows in the unit cracked and shattered while he and his roommates fled.

There's no word on injuries, but fire officials are monitoring a construction crane located at the middle of the damaged complex.

An engineer has been called to assess its stability while crews poured water on the flames that leaped more than a dozen metres in the air at the height of the blaze. (CKIQ)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 6, 2021.

The Canadian Press