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Apartment fire in Penticton, B.C., leaves two people dead

BY , Oct 28, 2020 7:17 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Two people died in an early morning apartment fire in Penticton yesterday.

RCMP spokesman Sergeant Jason Bayda says the bodies were found after a structural engineer deemed it safe for emergency personnel to enter the ruined building and begin a search.

Penticton fire Chief Larry Watkinson says early indications suggest the blaze started on the building's exterior and travelled up to the roof, although he cautioned the investigation is still in its infancy and has been turned over to the police due to the two deaths.

He says the wood-framed building was built in 1981 and didn't have a sprinkler system.

He notes that such interior protection wouldn't have knocked down the fire as it spread along the outside.

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