Two fires that broke out within three blocks and two hours of each other kept firefighters busy in Lowertown on Friday afternoon.

The first fire broke out at 154 Beausoleil Dr., on the corner of York Street, at noon Friday. The back of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, said fire department spokesman Marc Messier.

A man in his 60s jumped from the second storey of the house on York Street to escape the flames and was taken to hospital with arm and leg fractures, paramedics said.

A woman in her 40s also suffered first- and second-degree burns to her hands. A third person in the house refused to be assessed by paramedics.

The man and woman were taken to The Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus.

Damage to the home was estimated at about $350,000.

2nd fire three blocks away

294 York Street fire

Damage to the home at 294 York St. is estimated at about $350,000. (Ottawa Fire Services)

Two hours later, just after 2 p.m., a fire was reported at 443 Old St. Patrick St., a townhouse near Beausoleil Drive.

That's three blocks away from the first fire.

Firefighters were soon forced to leave the townhouse due to extreme conditions.

The townhouse was destroyed and two neighbouring units were damaged by water and smoke, Messier said.

Two adults and four children who were living in unit 443 are homeless, and six people in the two neighbouring units have been displaced temporarily.

Damage was estimated at about $300,000. No one was injured.

Beausoleil Drive is closed in both directions from Old St. Patrick Street to Murray Street.