A fire at an apartment and townhome complex in Prince George, B.C., forced the evacuation of 40 units in three buildings on Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out in the attic of the complex on Westwood Drive near Ferry Avenue around 4 a.m. PT.

Many residents awoke to banging on doors, as residents warned each other of the blaze, forcing many to flee without shoes or warm clothes.

The blaze was largely out by 8 a.m. but it left several units on the top floor of the four-story complex completely gutted.

When the fire broke out, witnesses reported huge flames coming from a top-floor suite, while others said they saw the fire start in a "lower floor" of the apartment.

Everyone at the townhouses and apartment have been accounted for, and there were no reports of injuries. 

John McInnis Jr. Secondary School is now a staging area for people who don't have a place to stay. Victim services is on scene.

Google Maps: Westwood Drive and Ferry Avenue, Prince George

With files from Wil Fundal