A family in Midville Branch, Lunenburg County lost everything in a massive fire Tuesday afternoon.

Flames shot from the building as firefighters did what they could to contain it.

The Canadian Red Cross said a woman and her dog escaped. The rest of the family – the woman’s husband and two children – weren’t home.

The Red Cross said five fire departments were at the scene. It said it appears the fire started in the basement, but the cause is unknown.