The Enderby Fire Department contained a fire at a suspected drug house in the 1900 block of George Street to the basement Tuesday. (Tammy Stelmachowich - Morning Star)

Condemned suspected Okanagan drug house suffers fire damage

Home in Enderby suffered significant smoke and water damage in basement Tuesday

A house condemned by the City of Enderby April 10 was significantly damaged in a fire Tuesday afternoon.

In a release issued by the city late Tuesday afternoon, the house in Enderby’s north end, in the 1900 block of George Street, along Highway 97A, was condemned under the city’s safe premises bylaw due to the presence of controlled substances and hazardous conditions observed the during the apprehension by RCMP of a wanted person.

After the city threatened legal action to enforce the order made under its safe premises bylaw, the property owners required the occupants to vacate.

As the occupants were in the process Tuesday of removing some of their possessions, the Enderby and District Fire Department responded to a structure fire involving the condemned building.

Fire Chief Cliff Vetter said the occupants had been moving and gone to get something to eat. When they returned to the home around 1 p.m., they noticed a fire. One man sleeping on an upstairs couch was awakened by the fire and got out of the premises safely.

READ ALSO: Enderby Fire Department rescues kittens

The fire department contained the blaze to the home’s basement.

“There is a lot of smoke damage and some water damage,” said Vetter. “Most of the damage was in the basement. We had to remove part of a wall where the flames got inside, but we were able to save the building. A fire investigation is pending.”

Vetter said Tuesday there was nothing to indicate the fire was suspicious, and believed it may have started due to an electrical problem.

READ ALSO: Fire destroys Enderby mill workshop

Enderby Mayor Greg McCune said it was the city’s finding that the home contained a number of hazardous conditions that made it unfit for habitation.

“The action to condemn the building only could have happened with strong cooperation between the city and RCMP,” said McCune. “At this point, we do not know the cause of the fire for certain, but this serious situation could have been much worse, and potentially tragic.”



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Environment Canada issues snowfall warning for Trans Canada Highway

Expect 20-30 cm from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

Interior Health issues warning about opioid-laced stimulants causing recent overdoses

Interior Health is urging residents using or considering using drugs to reconsider… Continue reading

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 14

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, Nov. 11, 1899 The Knights of Pythias… Continue reading

Revy Let’s Talk: Falling down – mental health in the fall

Using our online system, Shelley Bird shared her experience and the experience… Continue reading

City of Revelstoke hires new director of engineering

Steve Black will be starting Nov. 18

Abortions rights advocates urge Liberals to turn politics into policy

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was pressed to clarify his stance abortion over several weeks

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Dallas Smith, Terri Clark to perform on CP Holiday Train’s B.C. stops

Annual festive food bank fundraiser rolling across province from Dec. 11 to 17

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

Most Read