Several fire departments responded to a major apartment building fire in downtown Parksville Thursday night.
Flames were shooting out of the roof of the four-storey Ocean Terrace Apartments at 240 Island Highway West.
Witnesses say it started around 9:15 p.m.
Parksville Fire Chief Marc Norris said people were working on the roof earlier in the day and when fire crews arrived, the smoke and fire was coming from the roof.
“So we suspect that the fire was caused by something to do with the roofing operations,” Norris said.
Residents in the 32-unit building were alerted when alarms went off and neighbours knocked on doors.
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No one was injured but firefighters are still trying to account for all the pets in the building.
Norris says there’s significant damage to the fourth floor.
According to BC Assessment, the Ocean Terrace Apartments were built in 1966 and valued at $3.283 million.