Firefighters in Prince George spent the night battling a fire in a downtown building on the 300 block of George Street.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. PT. City Councillor Brian Skakun said it was visible from a few kilometres away.

"You could look and see the flames and the smoke from three to four kilometres away. So it was a major fire."

Firefighters were still putting out the fire at 6 a.m. and smoke could be seen coming from the site.

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The fire broke out on George Street in Prince George, around 11:30 p.m. PT Sunday. (CBC)

It appears that at least three businesses were damaged by the fire, said Skakun.

"You're talking about some businesses. And, you know, are these businesses going to be able to rebuild and relocate? So I mean there's nothing but heartache, you know, when there is a disaster like this," he said.

Google Maps: 300 block of George Street, Prince George

Twitter: The Copper Pig BBQ survives the fire.

With files from Wil Fundal