Fire guts Cawston manufactured home

For the second time this month, fire has destroyed a Cawston residence.

This manufactured home was gutted by fire in Cawston on December 20.

For the second time this month, fire has destroyed a Cawston residence.

Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department was called to 655 Beecroft Avenue at approximately 11:30  Thursday night after a neighbour saw flames coming from an older model manufactured home located on the property.

Keremeos Chief Jordy Bosscha said the initial crew arrived to find the front portion of the trailer engulfed in flames.

They were able to knock the blaze down quickly, however, damage to the trailer was extensive,  with heavy smoke, water and heat damage throughout the interior.

The owner of the property, which contains several trailers  and living quarters, said a neighbouring tenant saw the flames around 11 p.m.

“The fire department got here pretty quickly,” he said, adding that it was lucky  she discovered the fire, as he believed the man inside had been cooking when he fell asleep.

“She called 911 right away,” he said, “the fire department wasn’t able to save much, other than a few shelves.”  There was no insurance on the trailer.

The lone occupant of the trailer was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital with undetermined burns to the upper portion of his body. He was expected to be released Friday.

 

Thirteen firefighters, two trucks and two support vehicles were on scene for nearly four hours.

 

 

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