2 people dead in Dundas house fire

Fire crews from across the city were called to a single-storey home on Greening Court and found "heavy flames and smoke going through the roof," according to Hamilton fire chief Dave Cunliffe.

A dog was rescued from the basement of the burning home

Two people are dead after a fire ripped through a home in Dundas early Monday. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Two people are dead after an early morning fire in Dundas.

Fire crews from across the city were called to a single-storey home on Greening Court around 3:45 a.m. Monday, and found "heavy flames and smoke going through the roof," according to Hamilton fire chief Dave Cunliffe.

Firefighters were told there may be someone inside, and immediately began searching. Fire crews found a woman's body not long after. 

A man was able to escape the home and knock on a neighbour's door for help, Cunliffe said. The man was found on the front lawn and rushed to hospital, but also died of his injuries late Monday afternoon, police say.

The Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario has been called in to investigate what caused the fire. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Investigators have identified the victims as 64-year-old Carla Rutherford and 63-year-old Allan Rutherford. Police say they lived together at the home.

"The families of these victims are requesting privacy at this time," police said in a statement.

A dog was also rescued from the basement of the burning home.

'Stubborn fire'

Cunliffe said emergency officials are still working to identify what caused the fire.

The Ontario Fire Marshal's office has been notified.

Hamilton fire chief David Cunliffe said crews were called in from across the city to take on the flames. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Cunliffe said he expects firefighters to stay on scene for much of the day.

"This is a pretty stubborn fire, we still have some hotspots," he said early Monday morning.

In a statement, Hamilton police said it's expected the investigation will be lengthy due to the "severe damage to the residence."

There is no estimated dollar amount for the damages at this time.