Oliver firefighters responded to an early-morning fire that destroyed a packing house. (File photo)

Early-morning fire destroys Okanagan packing house

Cause of fire that destroyed an Oliver packing house remains under investigation.

The cause of a fire that destroyed an Oliver-area packing house during an early-morning blaze Friday remains undetermined.

Rob Graham, of the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department, said Sunday morning the cause of the fire that destroyed East 2 West Fruit Packers located at 33207 Highway 97 is still being investigated.

“It was around one o’clock in the morning (Friday) and we had a report of a structure fire. While responding to the fire hall, one of our members who lives near the area, was able to confirm that it was a packing house on fire,” said Graham. “When we arrived on scene it was fully involved. We did have some issues with power lines in the area that had come down so that limited the access we could get at the time in certain areas of the structure until we could get the power off.”

Compounding problems for the 17 crew members was the proximity of the fire hydrants.

“Because they’re (the packing house) outside of town there are not as many hydrants as there are in town,” said Graham. “There was a hydrant nearby but it was on the other side of the highway and we didn’t want to extend a line across, so we just had the water tenders shuttling the water back and forth to the trucks on the scene.”

READ MORE: RV destroyed by fire near Oliver

He added there were actually two structures that were destroyed, estimating the larger building to be about 125 feet by 100 feet.

There was some farm machinery inside along with some “cardboard box material.”

READ MORE: Dumpster fire in Oliver

One firefighting crew remained at the scene until about 8 a.m. putting out hotspots.

The B.C. Ambulance Service, as well as RCMP, were also in attendance. There were no injuries reported.


 

@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


 MarkBrett
Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

1955 Vees reign again at Classics hockey tourney in Penticton

The 1955 World Championship Vees took home the Moog Cup at minor hockey tournament

Coming Home: Penticton fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

World champion snowmobile racer seeks public’s help after dirt bikes were stolen in Penticton

The bikes, valued at $25,000 and $11,000, were stolen from the back of a locked truck on Sept. 12

Penticton teen cyclist allegedly struck by black Ford truck resulting in hematoma

The incident occurred at the intersection of Westminster Avenue West and Power Street

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Road block was costly legal battle for Summerland

Resolving Garnet Valley dispute took six years

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

EDITORIAL: This is our election

It is up to the voting public to identify the issues in the upcoming federal election

Most Read