A house fire in western P.E.I. Saturday night has left a family homeless.

Kensington, P.E.I. Fire Chief Alan Sudsbury said the fire started in the MacLeod family’s home Friday evening on Malpeque Road, near Kensington.

"We responded with five units and 23 fireman. When we arrived, the flames were fully involved, in the downstairs area [the flames] were coming out the first story windows, going through the interior of the house to the upstairs section.

Sudsbury said it took three hours to get the fire under control.

The family was not home at the time.

The fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire.

Sudsbury said the Red Cross has found a place for the MacLeod family to stay. He said the home suffered so much damage in the fire that it will likely have to be torn down.

"She's completely gutted on the interior part and the roof area is extensively damaged. It's probably beyond repair for the age of the home," he said.