The Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife was evacuated around 8 p.m. Monday after a fire broke out according to witnesses.

UPDATE: Minor playing with lighter cause of fire at Explorer Hotel

Kathleen Gon and her family were staying on the second floor, where witnesses say the fire started.

“We were just in our room and then out of nowhere the alarm came on,” Gon told Moose FM.

“I was the first one to hear it, then I opened the door and there was smoke coming down a couple doors down, and then everyone started going downstairs.”

The hotel and restaurants were evacuated. As of 10 p.m., Gon and several other guests had still not been returned to their rooms.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire or the extent of the damage.

Yellowknife Fire Division outside the Explorer Hotel Monday night.