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Crews battle large blaze at Alpine condo complex

Dozens of residents displaced in fire

Whistler emergency responders are still on site at the Alpine House dousing the 21-unit condo complex with water after a morning fire raced quickly through the building.

Distraught residents and worried neighbours lined the street to watch as fire crews worked to contain the blaze in the complex, one of Whistler's original buildings at the corner of Alpine Way and Highway 99.

Maury Power was at home in Unit #15 with his wife and two young daughters when the fire broke out.

A girl knocked on his door and said there was a fire on the deck two doors down. He grabbed his small fire extinguisher and rushed to help.

"The whole deck was on fire," he said, standing outside the Alpine Cafe an hour after the fire broke out. "I put one wall out and then I couldn't get the rest of it out."

He has a message to everyone: Get three or four extinguishers and have them on hand.

"If I would have had them, this would be out. Now a whole building is burning down."

Emergency services were on hand to help out and get hotel rooms for the residents displaced in the fire.

Pick up the Pique on Thursday for more details.