One man was taken to the hospital after a fire broke out at an apartment building in downtown Victoria this morning.
According to Victoria Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Atkinson, multiple 911 calls were recorded in which building occupants advised the department of smoke coming out of the third floor of a multi-unit residential building at 820 Fisgard Street at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Firefighters arrived in full force and evacuated all occupants from the building.
“On arrival there were smoke conditions on the third floor, and some other building occupants alerted us to the possibility of a person being in the apartment unit,” said Atkinson in a phone call with Victoria Buzz.
When they entered the suite, firefighters found one man who was unresponsive, rescued him from the unit, and transferred him over to paramedics with the BC Ambulance Service.
According to Atkinson, the man is in serious condition. The nature of his injuries are not being disclosed at this time.
The fire itself was fairly minor and a few building occupants reportedly attempted to put out the flames before authorities arrived.
The Victoria Fire Department was able to quickly extinguish the flames, and have turned the scene over to the police department who remain on site.
Victoria Police say an initial investigation has indicated that no foul play was involved in this incident.
VicPD’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS) are continuing their investigation.