An early morning fire causes a traffic disruption

WINNIPEG -- An early morning fire near Health Sciences Centre caused delays in the Tuesday morning commute.

The city said crews were called to the incident Tuesday at around 1:47 a.m. in the 500 block of Ross Avenue, between Sherbrook and Isabel Streets, and found heavy smoke coming from a house.

When CTV News arrived at the scene, smoke could be seen pouring from the roof of a white house.

It was badly damaged in the blaze.

The city said firefighters began fighting the fire from the inside but were forced out by deteriorating conditions. They were eventually able to move back inside, and the fire was considered under control at 4:43 a.m.

In a tweet just after 6 a.m., the City of Winnipeg advised the road was closed and asked that people find alternate routes.

The street re-opened just after 7 a.m., but crews remained on the scene.

The city said the home was searched and no one was inside and it doesn't appear anyone was hurt.

A home nearby had to be evacuated as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.