Crews douse one other tent hearth alongside Kelowna’s Rail Path – Kelowna Information

Tent fire along Rail Trail

Photo: Madison Erhardt

Emergency crews are cleaning up after another tent fire at the homeless encampment along Kelowna’s Rail Trail.

Crews were called to the fire involving a large tent at roughly 3:50 p.m. and quickly doused the flames. The blaze put up a large plume of black smoke. RCMP and city bylaw also arrived on scene.

Nobody was inside the tent at the time of the fire and there were no injuries, according to a police officer.

Temperatures in Kelowna have stayed well below freezing for weeks, making life difficult for those sleeping on the streets.

All shelters in the city are at capacity, meaning several dozen people have been forced to sleep outdoors at a designated location along the Rail Trail. There have been a number of fires this winter as people experiencing homelessness struggle to stay warm by lighting fires or use propane stoves.

Photo: Madison Erhardt

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