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Kelowna house fire kills man

10/26/2012 11:10 EDT | Updated 12/26/2012 05:12 EST
One person died this morning in a house fire that broke out just after 4 a.m. PT on Saucier Avenue in downtown Kelowna, B.C.

When the Kelowna Fire Department arrived, Platoon Capt. Henry Roelofs says there was light smoke in the carport of the two-storey house, that appeared to be coming from the lower part of the building.

"We found very little fire as such, one of the rooms had blackened quite a bit, and they'd used a tiny bit of water to extinguish the remaining fire that was still in there," said Roelofs.

Firefighters contained the fire to one bedroom and found a man, believed to be in his 40s, lying on the floor.

Paramedics were not able to revive him and he died at the scene.

Roelofs said it's likely the man died from smoke inhalation, not flames from the fire — which investigators believe started in his bedroom.

"A fire like that, because it's being contained it lacks oxygen fairly quickly so it will just sit there and smoulder,but in the process there's a lot of black smoke that comes up and it's the smoke that evenutally will cause somebody to succumb," said Roelofs.

Investigators are now looking into the cause of the fire. Though the man's mattress was burned, Roelofs said they don't believe it was where the fire started.

He adds, while the house was equipped with fire alarms, they were not going off when firefighters arrived. Four other people escaped from the house unharmed.

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