A family of five escaped unhurt when their house in northeast Calgary went up in flames Wednesday evening.

Flames were shooting out of the front windows on the main floor of the two-storey home when firefighters got to the house on Rundlemere Road at about 8:30 p.m. MT.

A second crew was called in and the fire was quickly brought under control, officials said.

The two adults and three children in the home were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector.

They fled the burning house after first trying to put out the flames on their own, officials said.

“The fire department advises that in similar situations, exiting the home via a planned and practised escape route and gathering at a pre-arranged muster point is the first priority followed by a call to 911,” officials said in a release.

The fire entered the walls and ceilings, leaving the house badly damaged, officials said.

Fire crews stayed at the scene through the night to put out hotspots.