Two people and their dog escaped a house fire Monday afternoon in the rural municipality of St. François Xavier, according to the local fire department.
Fire crews were called to the scene at about 1:50 p.m.
By then, the home was fully engulfed in flames, said Russell McKenzie, chief of volunteer fire department in the municipality, which is just west of Winnipeg.
The two occupants of the house and their dog were able to get out of the house with some help from bystanders, but three kittens that were in the home are believed to have died, McKenzie said.
No one was seriously injured but the occupants were treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The home is believed to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown.
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