Fire ignites in Penticton carport

A fire investigator began work Tuesday to determine what lit up a carport late Monday at a home on Wade Avenue West.

A fire investigator began work Tuesday to determine what lit up a carport late Monday at a home on Wade Avenue West.

Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams said crews were dispatched just before 11 p.m. to a report of smoke and flames coming from the residence.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find the blaze centred in the carport and moving towards the house through the soffit and ceiling, Williams said.

The home’s occupants and a pet made it out safely and spent the night in a hotel. The house itself sustained some smoke damage.

Williams said a vehicle that was parked in the carport was also damaged and investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.

The fire was “not as bad as it could have been,” he continued.

“We’re lucky that the home is just a couple of blocks away (from a fire hall) and the guys were coming back from another call so they were already geared up.”

And in Okanagan Falls, volunteer firefighters were called out around 9 a.m. Monday to a garden shed on fire at a home on Brockie Place.

Fire Chief Bob Haddow said the incident is still under investigation.