Fire crews made quick work of a fire inside a North Vancouver home on Thursday morning.

It began just before 3 a.m. in the 900-block of Forest Hill Drive. 

The homeowner was alone in the house when he was alerted by a smoke alarm, according to North Vancouver District Assistant Fire Chief Jason Deroy. The man safely got out of the home and called 911 from a neighbour's house.

"The crew was able to actually see [the flames] through a sliding glass door from the front of the home in the basement when they arrived," said Deroy.

"So they knew right away they had a fire in the basement area."

Deroy said firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, which appeared to be limited to the contents of one room.

He said the damage was limited to one room, and the structure itself didn't appear to be involved in the fire.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known, and Deroy said a fire investigator would come to check it out.

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A firefighter puts on his helmet before entering a home in North Vancouver. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)