A fire in a dumpster at the Atlantica Hotel on Quinpool Road was quickly smothered by Halifax Fire and Emergency crews on Sunday.
Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after 9 a.m., with police and fire trucks blocking off a stretch of Quinpool Road between Robie Street and Vernon Street.
Two fire engines and an aerial unit responded to the scene.
The hotel had already begun evacuating when fire crews swiftly smothered the fire.
The exterior of the building suffered minor damage in the incident, which remains under investigation.