Rebuilding well underway after fatal 2020 Penticton apartment fire

A fire ripped into the roof during a fatal fire Oct. 27, 2020 at an apartment complex in Skaha. (Mike Biden photo)A fire ripped into the roof during a fatal fire Oct. 27, 2020 at an apartment complex in Skaha. (Mike Biden photo)
Rebuilding of the Elm Avenue apartment is nearing completion. (Western News staff)Rebuilding of the Elm Avenue apartment is nearing completion. (Western News staff)

Rebuilding is well underway nearly a year and six months after a fatal fire displaced dozens of residents at a Penticton apartment complex.

Half of the Elm Avenue apartment complex, located in the Skaha Lake area, was completely destroyed by fire Oct. 27, 2020.

The Penticton Fire Department confirmed the cause to be a discarded cigarette on the first floor, saying that the flames crept up the building through to the roof.

The blaze at the Elm complex displaced more than 50 people who had to evacuate at 4 a.m. Sadly, a retired couple died in the fire. William and Margaret Taylor were killed.

The rebuild matches the design of the other part of the apartment that wasn’t damaged by fire.

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