A Penticton firefighter approaches the door of a duplex with heat and smoke damage showing. Kristi Patton/Western News

Penticton firefighters on scene of house fire

Heat and smoke damage showing on exterior

Update: 8 a.m.

A Penticton homeowner has one more thing to be thankful for the day after Thanksgiving.

Thanks to the quick action of a neighbour, a house fire on Haywood Street was dealt with before it got into the home.

“The neighbour next door was busy with a garden hose and he actually knocked down most of the fire,” said Capt. Ken Younghusband. “There was quite a bit of smoke still. The smoke got into the structure, but the fire did not.”

Firefighters were called to the duplex just before 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 to deal with the fire. Younghusband said the fire appears to have started on the exterior of the home, possibly on a small door above the main entrance.

“It looks like it started outside here and you can see how it got into the vinyl siding. It wouldn’t have been too much longer that it would have been into the structure,” said Younghusband. “I think they can thank their neighbour here.”

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Penticton firefighters were called to a central Penticton home about 7:20 a.m. on Oct 10, finding a duplex with smoke and heat damage around the front door. No smoke was showing externally but did issue from windows the firefighters opened to evacuate the building.

The Western News has a reporter on scene and we will update as more details become available.