Amherst fire

This apartment building was still cordoned off the morning after the fire. Still smells of smoke, reports the CBC's Stephanie VanKampen. (Stephanie VanKampen/CBC)

More than two dozen people were forced out of their home Monday night after a fire burned in their four-storey apartment building in Amherst, N.S.

Canadian Red Cross spokesperson Dan Bedell says the fire started around 8:30 p.m at a 16-unit building at 15 Dickey Street.

The organization originally said 29 people were temporarily displaced, but then realized one evacuee was only visiting. 

"For now those that don't have a place to go, if they haven't got family or friends or for any others, for now they've just taken them to the Amherst fire hall," he said.  

Bedell said flames were seen shooting from some of the windows

Amherst Fire Chief Greg Jones said the blaze was mostly contained to an apartment on the second level and the unit above it. There is also water damage, nearby, and smoke throughout the building.

On Tuesday morning the area still smelled like smoke, reports the CBC's Stephanie VanKampen. She says there's damage in the back. A window is boarded up and the siding is charred.

No one has been injured.

There's no word on the cause of the fire.