A fire inspector, with support from the RCMP, did a life and safety inspection for a nuisance residence at 377 Winnipeg St. on Thursday. Kristi Patton/Western News

Action taken on nuisance property

Fire inspection of property results in seized air rifles

Residents of a Winnipeg Street home say they are being vilified by the media and fear they will soon be homeless.

That sentiment was shouted from the doorway of 377 Winnipeg St. as the Western News investigated an RCMP raid on the decrepit home, which saw Mounties leave with a number of air rifles.

The house at 377 Winnipeg St. has become notorious throughout the city as a problem property. A neighbouring landlord has appeared before Penticton city council twice to plead for them to take action over the home, which he said has become extremely run-down, neglected and unkempt.

Related: Penticton city council orders property cleaned up

Since power was shut off to the home, residents have been using kerosene heaters and a portable generator for electricity. Water to the property has also now been shut off.

Tina Siebert, bylaw supervisor for Penticton said they decided to have the fire department do a life and safety inspection of the home, which the RCMP also attended to keep the peace.

“Basically, we wanted to see a bit more of what was going on inside the property,” Siebert said. “We have the fire safety bylaw, as well, the fire inspectors have a little bit more authority with the fire code.”

Siebert said she can’t release details of the inspection.

“We can’t really say yet, but we were glad we got in there this morning,” said Siebert, adding the city continues to receive complaints about the condition of the property.

“This is high on our radar, and it has been for some time,” said Siebert. “Now that power and water service have been cut off from the property, we want to make sure we’re on top of it.

“It’s kind of our top priority right now.”

Siebert said the city is continuing to apply nuisance abatement fees to the property owner.

“Those fees will continue as calls for service from police, fire and bylaw are responded to. Those will be for the property owners to pay, and if not, then on their taxes.”

Related: Penticton resident takes city to task on problem properties

Peter Weeber said the city’s bylaw department, the RCMP and the Penticton Fire Department have all been working together on all options.

“I know that we are ramping up our efforts there,” said Weeber, adding that after the neighbouring landlord’s appearance at council Tuesday, he asked staff if the city was doing everything it possibly could.

“As long as they’re telling me that they’re doing everything they can, I’m confident,” said Weeber. “But I did review the file on past enforcement actions and I’m very confident in what they’ve been doing.”


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or message me on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Just Posted

Friends devastated after bench for young Penticton woman who died stolen

Someone stole the stone bench that was placed at a walking bridge across the creek

Housing for Penticton’s homeless to be ready September 1

Construction is underway for the 62 modular units on Winnipeg Street

Moving day for Penticton’s Legion

The club is relocating to the former ANAVETS Club location at 257 Brunswick St.

Musical eclectic mix coming to Penticton Art Gallery

Ross Douglas is bringing his unique musical talents to the Penticton Art Gallery

Summerland auxiliary raised $1M for hospital tower

Funds came from sales at Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop

VIDEO: Are you concerned about Facebook leaking personal information?

Local Okanagan Facebook users speak on the social platform’s privacy settings

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

May the fourth be with you for Okanagan Comic Con

Second annual event expected to draw hundreds of characters

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Okanagan city caps downtown cannabis retail applications

Four currently approved, two more coming, moratorium in place, reviewed after 12 months

VIDEO: Large dust devil swirls through downtown Chase

Residents look on as column climbs about 90 feet into the air

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Helevorn comes to Kelowna on first Canadian tour

The Spaniards will bring their brand of doom metal to Kelowna May 11

Okanagan school bus driver fondly remembered

Mike Moore, 56, was Vernon School District employee for 25 years before succumbing to cancer

Most Read