Concrete Pump hits power lines.
Todd 09-24-2020
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UPDATE: 4:52 p.m.

The Kelowna Fire Department has confirmed they attended an equipment fire at about 12:30 p.m. in the alley behind 1060 Cawston Avenue.

"The first arriving officer reported flames and smoke coming from the rear tire area of a concrete pump truck. It was determined that the boom of the truck had contacted overhead power lines, thus causing the fire," according to the statement.

Fire crews managed to quickly knock down the blaze and the building under construction next to the fire was evacuated. 

"The area was cordoned off until Fortis crews arrived and confirmed that the overhead power lines were de-energized.  The incident did cause some power outages in the area. Two workers were assessed at the scene by BCAS crews."

Damage was contained to just the concrete pumper.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.

The fire has now been extinguished.

Fire crews and FortisBC are both on scene after a cement pump truck made contact with overhead power lines. The truck was not being driven at the time. The incident has caused a local power outage impacting roughly 125 homes.

One of the workers involved in the incident is being treated in an ambulance. His condition is unknown.

WorkSafeBC has been called to investigate. No additional details were immediately available.

ORIGINAL 12:55 p.m.

Fire crews are heading to the scene of a construction fire in Kelowna.

The fire broke out early Wednesday afternoon where an apartment building is under construction at the corner of Gordon Drive and Clement Avenue.

Black smoke can be seen billowing from the back of the site.

According to witnesses, the fire is in a concrete pumper truck which apparently touched an electrical wire.

Castanet has a reporter heading to the scene.

We'll have more details when they become available.