HUDSON, N.H. -- Two occupants of a single-family ranch home at 35 Pelham Rd. safely escaped a smoky fire that broke out early Saturday morning in the basement, according to the Hudson Fire Department.

Emergency dispatch received a call at 5:17 a.m. from one of two occupants of the 60-year-old, single-story house, reporting a fire was in progress, Capt. David Morin said.

"The first-arriving engine found smoke showing from the home," said Morin. "The fire was centered in the basement. It was knocked down within 15 minutes."

Both of the home's occupants escaped unharmed, and there were no injuries to firefighters, Morin reported.

The exact origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The house was declared uninhabitable due to heavy smoke damage, Morin said.

The home is owned by Mary Ellis, according to the Hudson property tax assessor's online database.