RCMP responded to a chimney fire that destroyed a wood structure. File photo

Chimney fire engulfes building

The building was fully engulfed in flames when police arrived

RCMP attended a fire at 1669 White Lake Rd. just before 7 p.m. March 16 which completely destroyed a wood structure.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said the resident was reportedly starting a fire in a wood stove using flammable material believed to cause a chimney fire.

The building was fully engulfed in flames when police arrived. The building did not have electrical power or running water.

The resident was not injured.

Theft in Okanagan Falls

Police are investigating a break, enter and theft from Unit Electrical Engineering Inc. on Maple Street in Okanagan Falls overnight March 15.

Thieves gained entry to the compound by cutting off a padlock on a gate.

A 2006 GMC pickup truck, licence CP 7146, was taken as well as contractor tools from a building that was under construction and broken into.

Surveillance video from the site is being reviewed by police.

Stolen truck

Police received a report of a stolen vehicle from from the 400-block of Young Street the morning of March 17.

The 2001 grey Ford Ranger pickup truck, licence HM 4368 is still missing. Police say the keys were accounted for.

Crash ties up Highway 97

On March 17 about 9:40 p.m. police received a report of an erratic driver southbound on Highway 97 near Kaleden.

While attending they received another call that the 2013 Hyundai Elantra had struck a concrete barrier on Waterman Hill just north Okanagan Falls and was blocking traffic.

The investigation revealed the driver, a man in his 70’s, had suffered a diabetic incident resulting in the crash.

He was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital by ambulance but did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision.

There were no charges.

Neon stolen

Police are still looking for a 1996 black Dodge Neon taken from the backyard of a residence overnight on March 17.

The car was uninsured and did not have licence plates. It was possibly sighted March 20 in Penticton.

Cars looted

On March 20 a Power Street resident reported two vehicles on the property had been entered. A small amount of change was taken from one and insurance papers and keys removed from the other.

A workshop on the property was entered as well and and Mastercraft combo kit containing equipment was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.

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