Two people are dead following a house fire on Goodwood Drive in Nepean's Heart's Desire neighbourhood.

Ottawa firefighters says flames were racing through the roof when the alarm was called around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

It's believed the fire ignited in the living room or kitchen area before it fully engulfed the home.

After a search for occupants, firefighters discovered a body on the lower floor.

Firefighters removed a second body from the home after 1 p.m.

The identities of the victims have not been released. Neighbours say they were a retired couple and long-time residents of the area.

As with any fatal fire, the Office of the Fire Marshall and the the Ottawa Police Arson Unit have been called in to invsestigate.