A Monday night fire sent two people to hospital and caused about $130,000 in damage to a house in a central Hamilton.

At 10:37 p.m., crews responded to a call about a fire at 133 Wellington St. N.

When firefighters reached the building, a semi-detached house divided into four apartments, “they found fire coming up from the first floor,” said Claudio Mostacci, a spokesperson for the Hamilton Fire Department.

“The fire eventually went up into the second floor,” he said.

Firefighters rescued one person from a first-floor apartment and another from the second floor.

Paramedics transported both victims to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

One victim was a 72-year-old male, said Carmen D’Angelo, of the Hamilton Paramedic Service. The other was an “elderly female,” he said, but he wasn’t sure of the woman’s exact age.

The Red Cross made shelter arrangements for a third tenant, Mostacci said.

Inspectors with the Ontario Fire Marshal were on scene on Tuesday morning.

Investigator Mike Ross said the cause of the fire hasn't yet been determined.

"It started in the kitchen, basically," he noted.