2 dead after early morning fire at Penticton apartment
The Penticton RCMP are participating in a joint investigation with partnering agencies into an early morning fire after the remains of two persons were located in the ruins.
Although the cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed, it does not appear to be criminal in nature.
On October 27, 2020 at 4:18 a.m., the Penticton RCMP received a request to assist the Penticton Fire Department with a large structure fire on Elm Avenue. Once the fire was out and a structural engineer deemed it was safe to go in, fire services located the bodies of two persons.
The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means the decedents came to their unexpected deaths.
Mayor John Vassilaki offering his thoughts and condolences in a statement.
“On behalf of City Council and all residents of Penticton, I wish to express our deep condolences to the families and neighbours who lost loved ones and friends following this morning’s tragic fire on Elm Avenue. We join them during this time of grief with our thoughts and support. I would also like to acknowledge the critical work of our first responders, including our Penticton Firefighters, RCMP, City crews and Emergency Support Services volunteers, whose quick response brought the fire to an end and provided those impacted with the care and attention they immediately needed.”