A Maples area family is happy to be alive after their home went up in flames Wednesday morning. 

Just before noon yesterday, crews responded to a bungalow on Penny Lane.

When they arrived at the scene, heavy smoke was found billowing from the house. Crews were able to enter the home and fight it from inside. 

All occupants of the house were able to escape before the arrival of firefighters. One of them was assessed by paramedics and transported to hospital.

Two dogs were located within the home and given medical attention by paramedics using specialized animal equipment carried on Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service vehicles. They were then transferred to the Animal Services Agency for care. 

The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services team was deployed to the scene to assist the displaced residents in finding temporary accommodations.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, around 10:45 a.m., fire crews were kept busy battling a fire in a two-storey, multi-family home in the 300 block of Riverton Avenue.

When crews arrived at the scene, smoke was seen pouring out of the house. Crews fought the fire from inside the house, declaring it under control at 11:10 a.m.
No one was home when the fire broke out, and no injuries were reported. 

The cause of both fires remains under investigation.