All personnel accounted for after fire at North Okanagan garlic farm

The Enderby Fire Department was called to a structure fire at a garlic farm north of the city toward Grindrod last Sunday. Upon arrival, a tarp-covered structure on the property was seen to be ablaze. Explosions alerted the neighbours to the ongoing situation.

Neighbour Bruce Schartner said he heard “one or two explosions” before rushing over. “When I was there, there were several more explosions,” Schartner said.

“There is a person that is living there, kind of off the grid, so there are propane tanks and solar panels,” said Enderby Fire Chief Cliff Vetter, adding that emergency responders were not positive if the individual was in the structure at the time of the fire as he reportedly “comes and goes.” Firefighters searched through the debris in an attempt to locate the person.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer Chris Terleksi confirmed on Tuesday, October 13, everyone associated to the property has been accounted for and are safe.

“The incident is still under investigation and no criminality is suspected at this point,” Terleski told pentictonwesternnews.com. The fire was extinguished around two hours later and Vetter said it was too early in the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.


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