MONTROSE - A Montrose, P.E.I., man was awakened early Saturday morning to a crackling sound.
Upon looking around he could see flames shooting by outside his bedroom window.
Brent and Lynn Champion and one child escaped through a living room window, as the fire on their deck prevented them from escaping through a door.
Around the same time Brent Champion was discovering the fire, a neighbour called to alert him his house was on fire.
Alberton Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched around 12:45 a.m. Saturday and when they arrived on scene around 1 a.m., Chief Tom Murphy said the story and a half home was fully engulfed. The house was destroyed and the family was unable to salvage any of their belongings.
In responding to the fire call, the Alberton department immediately contacted the Tignish and Miminegash departments for backup.
Firefighters were on the scene until 5:30 a.m. and were back out around 6:30 a.m. to tend to hot spots. They remained on scene until around 9:30 a.m. while an investigator from the fire marshal’s office toured the scene.
The investigation into the cause of the fire will continue Tuesday.
Besides the house and the contents, the family lost one car to the fire and a second vehicle was extensively damaged. Chief Murphy said the family thought the keys were in the house and discovered too late there were keys in one of the vehicles in the driveway.