Saskatoon family has been left homeless after a Saturday morning fire completely destroyed their west side house.
Shortly before noon four fire trucks responded to a home on the 100 block George Road. When crews arrived the home was completely engulfed in flames.
Battalion Chief Greg Sayer said he has not seen a fire with the same ferocity in a long time.
""It was an incredibly intense fire," said Sayer. "The fire crews, they spotted that fire upon leaving the fire hall, which is a good 30 blocks away."
Firefighters battled the flame and had them out in about 30 minutes. Officials said they believe the fire started on the home's deck and spread quickly to the attic and interior thanks to strong winds.
"Well the wind certainly played a huge factor in the fire," Sayer said. "It really got the fire moving throughout the attic shortly after the fire crews arrived. It was a fairly substantial house fire."
The woman who lived in the home and her young child watched the fire burn from across the street. All people living in the home were able to escape the blaze unharmed.
It's estimated the fire caused $450,000 in damage.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries.
The cause of the fire has not been determined — an investigator is trying to figure out what happened.