At least 35 people in several units of a Hurdman-area rowhouse are homeless after a fast moving, destructive fire that broke out Friday morning.

The flames broke out just after 2 a.m. at 211 Lees Ave., a 14-unit rowhouse near the Rideau River.

211 Lees Avenue fire daytime damage

Eight rowhouse units at 211 Lees Ave. were damaged at an estimated cost of upwards of $500,000. (Kristy Kirkup/CBC)

The fire is believed to have started in the parking area before spreading up the side of the building and into the attic, according to fire department spokesman Marc Messier.

When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to three of the 14 units, and several vehicles parked near the building had also caught fire.

1 firefighter taken to hospital with minor injury

In all, eight units were damaged by flames and six suffered water damage at an estimated cost of about $1 million, Messier said.

One firefighter was taken to hospital for a minor injury, and no one else was hurt.

The Salvation Army, Red Cross and OC Transpo buses were dispatched to help care for the victims. They're being put up at the Marriott Hotel on Coventry Road for the next three days.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. The Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario is investigating alongside the Ottawa fire department.