Tenants of a Mount Forest apartment building have been displaced following an early morning fire that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

Just before 6 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to a 10-unit apartment building on Egremont Street in Mount Forest following reports of smoke.

Crews arrived to find a 32-year-old tenant with burns to his hands and a fire inside his apartment.

The man was taken to hospital with second degree burns to his hands but was later released.

He has since been charged with arson by negligence in connection with the fire.

All tenants in the building were evacuated and remain out of their homes.

Guelph-Wellington Housing is finding them temporary accomodations.