Fire claims life on New Year's Day


One person is dead following a structure fire in Osoyoos on New Year’s Day.

The fire happened along the 6400 block of 89th Street and heavy black smoke was billowing out the front door of the unit when crews arrived around 9:40 p.m.

Neighbours were reporting that one member of the family was still inside the building. A family member was trying to re-enter the structure to help the young adult male inside.

On arrival of the first engine, firefighters made a quick entry into the structure to knock down the fire and rescued the young adult male.

Within three minutes, the young male was rescued but that he had suffered extensive burns and trauma and was treated by firefighters until BC Emergency Health Services took over.

Both male residents were transported to hospital, where one succumbed to his burn injuries and the other is in intensive care in Kelowna.

Osoyoos Fire Rescue said it's investigating the fire with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the BC Coroner’s Service.

It added that the fire’s cause is still undetermined, but that smoke alarms were activated and that firefighters were able to contain the fire in its room of origin.