03/31/2016 05:47 EDT | Updated 04/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Downtown Nanaimo businesses shut down after large fire

A commercial building in downtown Nanaimo has been closed off, after a large fire broke out inside the building Wednesday night.

Karen Lindsay, emergency program manager for the City of Nanaimo, says fire crews arrived to the building at 10 Commercial Street around 6:30 p.m. to find dark smoke and flames coming from inside.

"They couldn't find where it originated from," said Lindsay. 

"It [the fire] kept moving throughout the building, which made it challenging. This is a very old building block."

No one was injured in the fire, and a number of adjacent buildings were evacuated safely.

Crews managed to contain the flames early Thursday morning.

Impact to businesses

Lindsay says the building, which houses a number of businesses, has been closed off for the investigation.

"There was an old restaurant in there," said Lindsay. "There was a clothing store, and a frame store, and an art gallery … a variety of different retail businesses."

She did not say whether any other businesses in that block would be closed off.

Fire crews will remain on scene overnight to monitor hotspots. Investigators will begin looking into the cause of the fire early Thursday.