Fire breaks out in Oliver high-rise
Firefighters were called to a 15-storey Oliver apartment building Tuesday morning after fire broke out on the top floor.
Flames and smoke were seen billowing out of the windows of suites at the Valhalla apartment at 113th St. and 99th Ave. when the fire broke out just after 10 a.m.
Resident Andrew Sims stood outside in the cold holding his somewhat shaken-looking pug Eleanor in his arms.
Sims, who lives on the floor where the fire broke out, said he assumed it was a fire drill when the alarms started sounding in the building.
Then he saw some smoke when he looked out into the hallway.
"Everyone at least that I know is ok, so something to be thankful for," he said.
Seventh-floor resident Tara Sullivan originally thought the building alarms had been set off by accident and only realized there really was a fire when she went outside.
"I looked up there, saw how severe it was and it's obviously not the most comforting feeling in the world, so hopefully everything's ok," she said.
Sullivan said crews were doing some work requiring the water to be shut off in the building.