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Fire at Cascades facility

KELOWNA, B.C. (From news reports) -- The Kelowna Fire Department says it responded to a fire at Cascades Recovery Inc., at 144 Cambro Rd., on Monday just after noon.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they found the building filled with smoke and two employees unaccounted for.

The fire was quickly extinguished and both employees were located safe and sound. The blaze is believed to have started on a large conveyor belt filled with recycled materials.

The fire department says it responded with five engine crews, one ladder truck, one rescue truck, one safety officer one command unit and 23 fire fighting personnel.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Earlier report

The Kelowna Fire Department snuffed a fire that broke out at a business on Cambro Road Monday afternoon.

One of the workers at Cascades Recovery, Matt Gratton, tells Castanet the blaze broke out at the very back of the building at 12:30 p.m.

"It was in the very back corner of the building on one of our incline conveyors, as far as we can tell, it was burning underneath all the material. We assume it was a battery because when we were hitting it with the water, it wasn't going out and the flames just kept getting bigger."

Gratton says the employees did their best to douse the fire themselves before fire crews showed up and managed to get the fire under control.

"We were essentially fighting it and then as soon as the fire department showed up, we were evacuated," Gratton said, adding no one was injured during the incident.

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