Updated: 10:45 a.m.
The City of Penticton says Main Street and Westminster Avenue are now open to vehicle traffic. A small PFD crew remains on scene wetting down hot spots.
Fire has closed the 200 block of Main Street in Penticton to cars, but businesses are still open and pedestrian traffic is welcome.
Penticton firefighters continue to work on a fire that broke out in Fibonacci’s Roastery and Hooked on Books early this morning. The latest update from the city says they are working to extinguish smaller fires around a chimney on the inside of the building that is lined with sawdust insulation.
Fire department crews arrived on the scene just before 5 a.m. this morning (Sept. 30), responding with two engines. On arrival, they noted smoke coming from the two businesses and fire was discovered in the floor space, which extended to the offices above.
Crews were able to get control of the majority of the fire at approximately 7 a.m., and are now shifting their focus to interior walls. Fire inspectors are on scene.
To facilitate their work, the city has barricaded the 200 block of Main Street and are asking drivers to find alternate routes. Crews will likely be on scene for the rest of the day, though the street is expected to be open for vehicle traffic in the afternoon.
Businesses in downtown Penticton are open. Pedestrians can navigate through the 200 block of Main Street and are asked to look for equipment, crews and areas that are taped off.