UPDATED: Penticton Fire investigating townhouse under construction destroyed by flames

The aftermath of a fire that ripped through row houses under construction on South Main Thursday morning. (Mike Biden photo)The aftermath of a fire that ripped through row houses under construction on South Main Thursday morning. (Mike Biden photo)
A townhouse on South Main has gone up in flames Thursday morning. (Tricia Pierport Facebook)A townhouse on South Main has gone up in flames Thursday morning. (Tricia Pierport Facebook)
A townhouse on South Main has gone up in flames Thursday morning. (Sheri Bublitz Facebook)
A townhouse on South Main has gone up in flames Thursday morning. (Sheri Bublitz Facebook)
Firefighters busy at the South Main fire Thursday morning. (Mike Biden)

Update: 11:05 a.m.

An investigation is underway into an early morning fire that destroyed townhouses that were in development.

According to assistant fire chief Rob Trupp, crews arrived on the scene at about 6:30 a.m. to visible flames coming from a two-storey home.

Crews fought the fire from the north and south side of the structure, according to Trupp.

Two engines and six firefighters initially responded to the blaze, however, the third alarm was quickly called for additional crews.

“Excellent work by on-scene crews managed to keep the fire confined to the new construction building,” said Trupp.

There were no reported injuries. City crews were called in to deal with ice build up and slippery roads.

Security remains on scene.

UPDATE: 9:15 a.m

A blaze that ripped through a townhouse that was under construction on South Main is now under control. Fire crews extinguished the flames. Investigators remain on scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

7:30 a.m. Thursday

A townhouse under construction on South Main went up in flames Thursday morning (Nov. 10).

Numerous people took to Facebook around 6:30 a.m. posting pictures and video of the flames that were seen throughout Penticton.

Area residents reported hearing a huge boom before the fire ignited. Fire crews are on scene.

South Main is currently closed from Pineview to Green Avenue.

The Western News has reached out to the fire department for more information.

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