An Osoyoos family is looking for a new place to to call home this afternoon after the house they were renting was consumed by flames this morning.
The Osoyoos Fire department, local RCMP and a BC ambulance crew all responded to the blaze on the northwest corner of 92 Ave. and 87 St. around 11:30 a.m., arriving to find the two-storey home engulfed in flames.
The initial report, said Sgt. Jason Bayda, was that one of the occupants of the home inadvertently started the fire in a bedroom when a cigarette lighter was tossed on to a bed.
There were no reports of injuries. The two school-aged children were believed to be in class at the time of the fire.
Heavy equipment was brought to the property around 2:30 p.m. to knock down the old home, which continued to burn on the inside away from fire hoses.