Volunteer firefighter killed in Enderby, B.C., fire1 dead, 1 injured as explosion rips through shed
The community of Enderby, B.C., is grieving after a volunteer firefighter was killed and another was injured by a fire and an explosion that tore through a log home construction business in the north Okanagan region.
The family of the dead firefighter has confirmed his identity as Dan Botkin, 29. He had just returned to the community after working in Alberta and was married just two months ago, according to his family.
The fire broke out about 4 a.m. PT Thursday at Sperlich Log Construction, in Enderby, about 35 kilometres north of Vernon.
Within an hour, about two dozen volunteer firefighters from the community thought they had the blaze under control. But then an explosion ripped through a smaller shed attached to the main building, killing one firefighter and injuring another.
Botkin's grandfather Dennis, who lived next door to the site, said he was awoken by an explosion early Thursday morning. He then spotted his grandson taking a rest after fighting the flames.
"And I talked to him and asked him how he was and he said he was very exhausted. But he said,'I have got to get back at it,' and put his hat on and away he went," said Dennis.
Minutes later Dennis said he and his wife Betty heard a loud explosion followed by screams.
"It just shook the whole house, shook the tools in my shop. I said to Betty, 'I hear someone screaming.' Little did I know it was my grandson."
Dennis said he learned his grandson was killed by the second explosion when the police came to lock up his truck which was parked out front of Dennis's home.
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Location: Enderby, British Columbia, Canada (load item map)
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