05/15/2014 12:12 EDT | Updated 07/15/2014 05:12 EDT

Victoria apartment fire forces evacuation

A fire forced the evacuation of one of Victoria's largest apartment buildings this morning.

The fire broke out on the ninth floor of the View Towers building at 1147 Quadra St.

Victoria police report four officers were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after helping residents out of the building.

Police say the area will be closed to traffic for several hours.

Google maps: View Towers, 1147 Quadra Street