Photos: Madaline Larsen
Thick black smoke could be seen rising into the skies above Oak Bay this evening after a fire broke out in a 16-unit apartment building.
Emergency crews were called the to the building at 2768 Satellite Street, right beside the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, just before 8 pm.
Its believed the fire broke out in a top-floor corner unit of the 15-unit building.
The flames soon spread to the roof and witnesses say they worried the whole structure was at risk.
The building was evacuated.
But its reported that the first firefighters that arrived on scene managed to tame the fire fairly quickly.
Oak Bay, Victoria and Saanich fire departments all responded and the fire appeared to have been put out about 30 minutes later.
There were no reports of any injuries but two units were badly damaged.
Some residents who won’t be able to return home tonight have been offered rooms at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is not considered suspicious.