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Early morning fire triggers evacuation of west Edmonton apartment building

The cause of a fire which triggered the evacuation of an Edmonton apartment building Wednesday morning remains under investigation.  

About 40 people were forced to leave the building at 101st Avenue and 162nd Street

All suites in this west Edmonton apartment building were evacuated when fire broke out Wednesday morning. (Dave Bajer/CBC)

The cause of a fire that triggered the evacuation of a west Edmonton apartment building Wednesday morning remains under investigation.  

Around 40 people were evacuated from the building at 101st Avenue and 162nd Street around 2:30 a.m., Edmonton Fire Rescue Services spokesperson Suzzette Mellado told CBC News.

Around 50 firefighters were called to the fire, which was brought under control around 4 a.m., Mellado said.

Three people were assessed by paramedics on scene but no one was taken to hospital, she added. 

The sound of screams and shouts of 'fire' woke up a resident of a neighbouring building, who said she saw flames "shooting to the top of the roofs."

Michelle, who didn't want to give her last name, said she was glad to hear that all the residents got out safely.

"But I feel sorry for them. That's a rude awakening, to be up in the morning and going, 'There goes my home.'"

Emergency support response team members were on site to help evacuees and two buses were brought in to keep people warm during the evacuation.

It's not known how many units were damaged in the fire, Mellado said. 

About 50 firefighters were called to the scene of the fire in west Edmonton on Wednesday morning. (Dave Bajer/CBC)