DAWSON CREEK -- A fire at a Dawson Creek apartment building has forced residents from their homes.

The fire broke out around 10pm Tuesday in an apartment building at the corner of 17th Street and 108th Avenue.

A fast response from the Dawson Creek Fire Department prevented the entire building from going up in flames.

When crews arrived on scene, flames were shooting out of the window of a third floor apartment.

A man in a nearby unit had to be rescued from the window of his third story apartment.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire to the one unit. Thick smoke filled the third floor of the building, while there is water damage to units on the second floor.

Dawson Creek Fire Chief Marcel Capelle said everyone managed to get out of the building safely and there were no injuries reported.

All residents have been forced to leave the building. So far, there is no timeline for when they will be able to return.

There are about 10 tenants who don’t have friends or family to stay with and are now staying at a local hotel.

It’s unclear whether all residents had apartment insurance. For those who don’t have insurance, they can stay free of charge at the hotel for 72 hours.

So far there is no work on what may have caused the fire.