Fire investigators say a blaze at a downtown apartment complex was deliberately set.

Emergency crews evacuated the building at 10720 104 Street just before midnight.

“There was a fire on the basement floor in the lobby,” Vincent Gaccione told CTV News at the scene.

“There was a lot of smoke. I opened up the door to the lobby and I saw the fire.  There was a lot of smoke just filled up the lobby.”

Officials say damage is estimated at $3,000.

Police are now investigating.