Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a structure fire at an apartment on Prideaux Street in Nanaimo the afternoon of Dec. 14. The fire was contained to a closet in an apartment. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Apartment residents evacuated due to fire near downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to structure fire on Prideaux Street around 1 p.m.

Residents have been allowed back into an apartment in Nanaimo after being evacuated due to a fire earlier this afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at the residential building on the 300 block of Prideaux, between Fitzwilliam and Franklyn streets, around 1 p.m. Saturday. According to Capt. Mark Walker, of Nanaimo Fire Rescue there were no injuries.

“Apparently, there was a fire in a closet, not sure how it started,” said Walker. “The tenant was home at the time, the tenant was able to get out and it was contained to that one apartment.”

Walker said some of the building’s residents were evacuated, with some tenants getting out on their own and some requiring assistance due to mobility issues.

The fire did not cause any structural damage as it “did not breach any dry wall,” said Walker.

The all-clear was given around 1:45 p.m.



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