05/23/2016 10:31 EDT | Updated 05/24/2017 01:12 EDT

Thick smoke, high flames seen in large townhouse fire near Victoria

SAANICH, B.C. — A large fire near Victoria has ripped through a townhouse complex.

The blaze broke out Saturday night in a development near the University Heights Shopping mall in Saanich.  

Neighbours reported seeing high flames and thick, billowing smoke, and hearing explosions.

Multiple fire crews from Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay all responded and were able to knock the fire down within an hour.

No injuries have been reported but the area was evacuated and several residents have been displaced.

The fire is still under investigation. (CFAX)