Two homes were gutted by two separate fires on Saturday in Port Elgin, both within hours of each other.
The first home on Elgin Street completely destroyed, keeping fire crews busy for several hours.
Saugeen Shores Fire Chief, Phil Eagleson, says it was a tough one to battle.
"It was tough one, not just because of the weather conditions but the construction type of the older building, the fire spread to every part of the building before we even arrived, it was very difficult to get out," says Eagleson.
Eagleson says one of the tenants was indeed home at the time the fire broke out, but managed to get out in time, the other tenant was at work.
Fire officials believe the fire started in the laundry room area at the back of the house and Eagleson says that investigation is still ongoing, however, not suspicious.
Then, a second house fire broke out on the other side of Town just six hours later on Shantz Street closer to the lake.
Eagleson says that fire was also a loss, leaving a young mother and her daughter without a home or any belongings.
Several pets perished in the blaze, however fire crews were able to revive a dog and rescue a cat; the dog now in the care of veterinarians at the University of Guelph.
Eagleson says that fire is believed to have originated at a natural gas fireplace within the home, and the blaze spread very quickly; Eagleson credits working smoke alarms within the home.
"The working smoke alarms provided warning for the 14-year-old daughter, however, she was not able to get out of the house due to heavy fire and smoke; she had to go through a bedroom window to get out," says Eagleson.
Both mother and daughter are doing very well, with no injuries.
The actual cause remains under investigation.