Fire officials say working alarms alerted people when a fire broke out in a Port Elgin apartment building.
The fire broke out at about 9 Monday morning.
The Saugeen Shores Fire Department, Police and Bruce County EMS responded to reports of alarms going off and heavy smoke coming from a third floor window of the Skyline Apartments at 764 Waterloo Street.
Fire Prevention Officer Rob Atkinson says the structural fire was quickly extinguished and damage was contained to the single unit.
Two pets were lost despite resuscitation efforts by Saugeen Shores Fire and Bruce County EMS.
The tenants of the apartment were not home at the time of the fire.
Atkinson says, "Because of working smoke alarms, the other residents of the building were alerted to the danger quickly," noting it led to a safe and timely evacuation of the building.
All other residents have been able to return to their units.
According to Atkinson, the cause of the blaze is under investigation, but the fire is not considered suspicious in nature.
Damage to the unit is estimated at $100,000.