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Fire engulfs Empire Street home in Victoria

Three residents of a home on Empire Street are lucky to be alive after a fire ripped through the residence this afternoon, causing an estimated $160,000 in damage.

Emergency responders were called to 2521 Empire St. around 12:30 p.m., and found smoke and fire billowing from the second-floor sun deck, said Battalion Chief Mike Bradstock.

Three people were home at the time of the fire and were waiting in front of the home when crews arrived, he said.

"One occupant was taken to hospital with minor smoke inhalation and one was treated on scene with minor burns to hands," Bradstock said. The third resident was uninjured.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, Bradstock said.

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