Canada At least 4 taken to hospital following explosion and fire at West Kelowna home

14:31  05 july  2018
14:31  05 july  2018 Source:

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The scene of an explosion and fire on Elliott Road in West Kelowna. © Doris Bregolisse The scene of an explosion and fire on Elliott Road in West Kelowna.

At least four people were taken to hospital after an explosion and house fire that happened at a rural home on Elliott Road in West Kelowna on Wednesday night.

A fire broke out at the home at about 9:45 p.m.

The home is a rental that had four tenants living in it at the time of the explosion, said a woman who identified herself as the owner.

She said she heard the explosion from where she lives nearby and came down to find a scene where five ambulances had gathered around a house completely engulfed in flames.

Flames were shooting from the roof until fire crews got the blaze under control.

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Numerous victims could be seen across from the burning home being attended to by paramedics for more than an hour.

Ambulances assembled to take victims to hospital. One woman could be heard crying in pain.

The woman who said she owned the house said all four people who lived in the home emerged with burns on their bodies.

A man in his 30s saw the fire and went there looking for his friends.

Firefighters and police remained on the scene holding a perimeter and controlling who could get close to the scene.

The house was gutted and there was no word on what caused the explosion.

About an hour after the fire broke out, there was a large cloud of white smoke in the darkness.

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