© Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax
A Dartmouth apartment building was damaged during an early-morning fire on May 13.
Dozens of people were forced to leave their homes early Tuesday morning after a fire in a Dartmouth apartment building.
According to a release from the Canadian Red Cross, 63 people were evacuated after the fire was reported around 1 a.m. at a Harbourshore Apartments building on 249 Windmill Rd/
A few units, balconies, and part of the attic and roof suffered fire damage, said the Red Cross. There was also smoke and water damage in the building the and power was disconnected, so all tenants were evacuated for to safety reasons.
Red Cross volunteers set up a reception centre at the Farrell Hall community centre nearby. The release said only a few tenants remained at Farrell Hall as of 6 a.m., as most others had found temporary places to stay.
Fire crews escorted some people back to their apartments to retrieve clothing and other essential items.
Farrell Hall will remain open today to provide additional assistance, said the Red Cross.
A decision on when tenants can return home is not expected until later Tuesday.
The Red Cross said there were no reports of injuries, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.