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A fire at The Valhalla started in a bathroom as a worker soldered a pipe. ((CBC))

Fire investigators estimate the damage of Tuesday's high-rise fire at $2.6 million.

The fire started in a suite on the top floor of The Valhalla when a worker soldering a pipe in a bathroom ignited a fibre-board sound barrier.

Fire damage was contained to two suites, though suites on the 14 floors beneath sustained water damage.

Firefighters were called to the apartment building at 113 Street and 99 Avenue just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The building was evacuated. None of the building's 300 occupants was hurt.

The fire was under control in 45 minutes.   

Building managers are working with an insurance adjuster to determine what repairs must be done before tenants are allowed back in.

The city and The Red Cross helped about 20 tenants who could not find alternate accommodation.