Two women were found dead and two children were airlifted to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax following a fire at a Sydney residence early yesterday.

 

Cape Breton Regional Police Staff Sgt. Mike Kennedy said two females, ages 81 and 53, were found dead after both police and firefighters removed two children from a blaze in the Hardwood Hill area.

 

Patrol officers were the first to arrive after the fire that broke out around 3 a.m.

 

Kennedy said neighbours told police four people were believed to be inside. After approaching the front steps of the home, officers said they heard the voices of children and forced their way inside.

Police found one child in a hallway, the other was found by Sydney firefighters.

The children, age 10 and six, were taken to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital before being airlifted to Halifax.