A large home in the Bearspaw area of Calgary was destroyed by fire on Wednesday.
No one was home at the time of the fire, which had fully engulfed the house by the time fire crews arrived.
"The house was completely involved in flames," said Calgary Fire Department north district Chief Bob Akins.
The location of the home, which was set well apart from other houses in the area, made it difficult for firefighters to battle the flames.
"They had trouble getting up the road initially but finally got in there," Akins said, adding that they also had problems getting a sufficient water supply because of a lack of fire hydrants in the area.
"We only carry 500 gallons on our tank and that's not near enough to deal with a house as fully involved as it was."
The family that lived in the home is expected to return to Calgary before the weekend.