OTTAWA -- Two people suffered critical injuries in a Saturday morning apartment fire in Lowertown.

The fire started around 8 a.m. in a second floor unit at 161 August Street, near Rideau Street.

Firefighters rescued two people from the apartment. A woman suffered ‘significant burns’ and a man suffered possible airway burns, paramedics said in a news release.

Both were taken to hospital in critical condition.

Firefighters got the blaze under control by just before 8:30 a.m. The cause is under investigation.