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Hundreds of Victoria residents evacuated in early morning apartment fire

Shelbourne Street building evacuated, residents temporarily housed at Crystal Pool while fire crews clean up

More than 100 people were evacuated from a Victoria apartment building after a fire spread into the wall of a first-floor unit this morning.

Victoria fire crews responded to a call in the 3100-block of Shelbourne St., near Dairy Road, around 4:15 a.m., and soon determined that the building's 61 units required evacuation.

"Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke conditions with wall and ceiling spaces," said Victoria firefighter Jordan Pakos. "There was extensive heat, smoke and fire damage, and the probable cause is still under investigation."

The residents, including 10 people with special needs, were brought by bus to Crystal Pool while fire crews inspected the building. One person was sent to hospital for smoke inhalation, but most residents had returned to their homes by 9 a.m., Pakos said.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.