Fire tears through home in Hammonds Plains

Fire tears through Hammonds Plains home
WATCH: A Hammonds Plains family is homeless after fire ripped through their house. As Whitney Oickle reports, fire crews had to bring in tankers to battle the blaze.

A fire has destroyed a home on Norman Boulevard in Hammonds Plains.

The owner of the home was hosting an art class in her basement when the family dog alerted them to fire.

A witness attending the art class told Global News that they didn’t see or smell any indication of a fire until they went upstairs in response to a barking dog.

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She said that smoke was so thick that they couldn’t see the front door and had to take another exit, fleeing the home without shoes.

A neighbour says he is glad to see that everyone got out safely.

“I was coming back from a meeting and all I saw was black smoke and obviously coming down I didn’t know if it was my house. I was relieved it wasn’t my house but the next thing you do is worry about the neighbors,” said Dean Kennedy.

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Halifax Fire received the call just before 11 a.m., and that a home was engulfed in flames.

Dozens of firefighters and multiple units were on scene tackling the blaze. But due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area crews were forced to use tankers to transport water to the scene.

The homeowners were too shaken up to speak on camera.

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The family does have two small children who were in school at the time.

Officials say the home is considered to be a write-off and fire investigators were on the scene after the fire was contained.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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