The B.C. Ambulance Service says 13 patients are in hospital but in stable condition, following a structure fire in Duncan at the Parkland Place apartments.
Emergency crews responded to the 600 block of Dobson Road at 10:23 a.m. Sunday after fire alarms were set off.
Firefighters went door to door during the blaze to evacuate several residents. some required assistance to escape the building.
Eight ambulances helped transport all the patients to hospital.
Officials say due to the severity of the incident they also sent two helicopters to the scene.
The North Cowichan Fire Department, Cowichan Bay Volunteer Fire Rescue and Duncan Fire Department were sent to battle the blaze.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, it is believed to have started on the first floor of the building.
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