Looking for clues

Inspector Paul Johnson of the Kelowna Fire Department investigates at the scene of a fire at a home along Kuipers Crescent on Saturday morning. The fire was reported just before 8 a.m. The occupants of the home had just left on a Christmas vacation.

A Kelowna family was forced to delay their Christmas vacation when a neighbour called to say there was a fire at their home early Saturday morning.

Around 7:45 a.m., Kelowna Fire Department received 911 calls reporting a vehicle fire in the 700-block of Kuipers Crescent.

Fire crews arrived before the homeowners, who had been on their way out of town when they got the call.

“The neighbour phoned them just before they got out of cell range,” said Paul Johnson, fire inspector with the Kelowna Fire Department. “They were very fortunate.”

Five fire vehicles attended the scene and discovered a white SUV engulfed in flames.

“The fire was quite fully involved in the front end (of the vehicle), and it was extending to the structure,” said Platoon Captain John Kelly. “The crews attacked it and knocked it down quickly.”

The front of the SUV was scorched and is considered a write-off. The majority of the damage to the garage was to the door and the exterior, said Kelly.

“(The fire) hadn’t expanded to the interior of the structure at all.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, and fire investigators remained on scene Saturday.

“It’s not deemed suspicious at this time, but we are investigating,” said Kelly.

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