A fire on the third floor of a townhouse near the Montfort Hospital has injured two people, but three cats were rescued, unharmed.
The fire started around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, at a home on Leboutillier Avenue. One of the home's occupants called 911 because there was a fire in the unit's upstairs bathroom.
The 911 dispatcher instructed the caller to get everyone out of the home and to leave behind their pets. They evacuated the townhouse, leaving behind three cats.
Firefighters arrived to see smoke coming out of a third-floor window. They extinguished the fire and found all three cats, bringing them to safety.
Paramedics treated two people from the home; a woman was treated at the scene while a man was taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.
Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) asks anyone whose pets are trapped inside their home during a fire to tell firefighters right away and not return inside to retrieve them.
There's no estimate yet on the amount of damage caused by the fire. An Ottawa Fire investigator is determining the cause.