Fire damages multi-unit complex in Alpine

Around 20 - 30 people estimated to be displaced

Fire crews were called to a multi-unit complex at 8100 Alpine Way Tuesday (Nov. 10) morning after a blaze broke out on a balcony and quickly jumped to the roof. 

Thick smoke billowed from the roof throughout the area during the afternoon as fire fighters attempted to get the fire under control. 

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"Apparently when it was called in it was a visual fire on a balcony on the opposite side of the building, but it seems it quickly spread into the roof system. It was there when we arrived and that's where it is presently," said Whistler Fire Chief Geoff Playfair, from Alpine Way around 1:30 p.m. "It's an extensive fire in the roof system." 

No one was hurt, but Playfair estimated anywhere from 20 to 30 people are now displaced. Emergency Social Service were heading to the scene Tuesday afternoon to pick up anyone displaced and unable to access their vehicles. "They're getting ready right now to open a reception centre for the people who are going to be displaced. They'll take registration when they know where the reception area will be," Playfair said. 

Meanwhile, Playfair asked the public to stay out of the area. "For spectators, there's a lot of smoke in the air here and it doesn't help us with a lot of people standing in the way," he said. "The fewer people here the better."

The first entrance to the Alpine neighbourhood at Alpine Way remains closed. 

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