A house fire early Sunday morning south of Oxford, N.S., has left four people without a home.

The fire started in Collingwood Corner around 7:30 a.m.

Fire Chief Bruce Rushton said when crews arrived there were flames coming out of the basement. Heavy smoke throughout the house prevented firefighters from entering at first, but they extinguished the fire by 2 p.m.

The Canadian Red Cross said it's helping the people and providing emergency lodging.

They said no one was at home at the time of the fire.