A fire that destroyed a Coldstream home last week was ruled accidental and the cause appears to have been a faulty radiator.
Coldstream and Lavington firefighters responded to the blaze on Flamingo Way shortly after 11am on Friday November 18. The house is considered a total loss.
The owner was in the double-wide modular home when the fire broke out and managed to escape with the family’s two dogs.
Keith Green, Coldstream District Protective Services Officer, was responsible for inspecting the site. He said his investigation confirmed the fire was accidental because the owner was using a heater to keep his spa pipes from freezing, which ignited nearby combustible materials.
“Despite the owners’ best efforts to extinguish the fire, it spread from the hot tub area, to the shed, and then into the house,” Green said, adding that crews had done an excellent job of protecting the adjacent houses that were nearby. and were “moments away from ignition”.
The two adjacent houses suffered minor damage to their siding.
Green said the owner suffered minor symptoms of smoke inhalation, but has since recovered.
“A good reminder that radiators can get extremely hot and should not be left unattended,” Green said.
Fire AccidentsNorth Okanagan Regional District
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