RCMP Investigating Overnight Structure Fire

UPDATE - RCMP can now confirm that all animals associated to the residential fire on Irish Creek Rd sustained no apparent injuries from the blaze.  All animals are accounted for.  SPCA and Major Crime Investigators remain on scene.

On March 15th, just after 12am, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a structure fire located in the 300 block of Irish Creek Road on the Westside of Vernon BC. Emergency crews responded, including the Okanagan Indian Band Volunteer Fire Department, however upon arrival the home was fully engulfed in flames and could not be saved. All occupants of the home evacuated to safety, with no reports of injuries.

The investigation is still in the very early stages and the scene has been secured as investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire, states Cst. Kelly Brett. The SPCA and the RCMP are working closely together to determine the welfare of the animals on the property during the structure fire. It is not known at this time if any animals were injured as a result of the fire.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP (Rural) General Investigative Section and RCMP fire investigators have now taken conduct of investigation. Updates will be provided once they become available.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP (Armstrong Detachment) at 250-545-3028. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.