09/30/2013 10:02 EDT | Updated 11/30/2013 05:12 EST

Firefighters face great danger in battle to stop massive Edmonton condo blaze

EDMONTON - Firefighters had to watch for exploding propane tanks when a condominium under construction in southwest Edmonton was destroyed by a massive blaze.

Vinyl siding on nearby buildings melted and vehicles on the street were engulfed in flame when the fire in the three-building complex broke out early Sunday morning.

It took dozens of firefighters about seven hours to get the inferno under control.

No one was hurt, but about 200 people in neighbouring homes had to take shelter in a nearby school after police ordered them out as a precaution.

The damage estimate is at least $17 million and the condominium's builder says 90 per cent of the 265 units in the complex were pre-sold.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire. (CHED)