Vancouver firefighters spent a couple of hours last night battling a fire at the top of the Washington Hotel, a Downtown Eastside rooming house at 177 East Hastings Street.

Washington Hotel traffic

The area surrounding the Washington Hotel at 177 East Hastings has been closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (CBC)

At the height of the fire, smoke could be seen pouring out of the hotel's top floor.

No word on what caused it. The building was undergoing renovations at the time. No one was hurt.

The area surrounding the 100 block of East Hastings was temporarily closed to traffic