About 30 people were evacuated from their north Edmonton condo building after a fire Saturday morning.
The fire broke out just before 8 a.m. near 111th Avenue and 123rd Street, badly damaging one suite on the building’s fourth floor.
Fire officials said the fire was caused by a lit cigarette butt.
Barbara Switzer lives in the building. When she first heard people shouting about a fire, she said she thought someone was playing a joke.
“And then I heard a thundering of feet through the building and a man’s voice yelling, ‘get out, everyone get out.’”
She just had time to grab her purse and her dog before the building’s fire alarm went off.
“Everyone was worried about who was out of the building and pets were missing -- there was a lot of shock.”
No one was injured.