Two people were sent to hospital after a fire broke out in an apartment building on Marion Street early Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the apartment building at 101 Marion Street around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. Smoke could be seen coming from a window in the building.

Fire officials say the fire was contained to a suite on the 14th floor of the building. Firefighters extinguished the flames quickly.

Two people were self-evacuated before emergency crews arrived. They were sent to hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation. Another two people in a neighbouring suite were also assessed for smoke inhalation on scene but did not need to be transported to hospital

Marion Street was closed between St. Mary's Road and Tache Avenue and police were asking motorists to avoid the area. The route has since reopened.

Winnipeg firefighters say the building had significant smoke and water damage. The damages are estimated at $50,000 to the suite and $500,000 to the apartment building.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.