Three children escaped a smoke-filled house Tuesday morning in Winnipeg, while two adults were unconscious and treated for smoke inhalation.

It happened just before 4 a.m. in the 600 block of Ross Avenue, in the city's Centennial neighbourhood.

The children were on the main floor and the adults — who are now in hospital in stable condition — were on the second floor, fire officials said.

A pot of food overheated on a stove in the second-floor kitchen, causing heavy smoke, officials said. There was no fire, they said.