'It's a total loss:' Dieppe home destroyed in fire while owners on vacation

About 25 firefighters sent to a burning house in Dieppe over the weekend had to fight not only the flames but also the freezing cold.

The house was destroyed in the fire but there were no injuries. The family is away on vacation.

"It's a total loss," said Chief Conrad Landry of the Dieppe Fire Department. "The floor collapsed, there's no more roof, there's no more walls on the back corner."

Landry said the family has been notified of the blaze.

The call about the fire came in shortly after  9:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The house is located within the 900 block of Amirault Street in Dieppe. 

"People could see flames and smoke coming out of the roof," said Landry.

He said it took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the flames.

But they remained on scene for four hours to make sure it would not start again. They also struggled against the cold.

"The conditions weren't ideal because of the cold," he said. "The hoses were freezing, our breathing apparatuses were freezing, there was lots of water everywhere so it was getting slippery."

Landry said it appears there was a business inside the house and the family might be able to salvage some photos.

The fire department is continuing to investigate what started the fire and hopes to report on its cause by the end of the day today.

"We can't even speculate at this point, there's so much damage, there's so much water, everything's frozen," said Landry.

"We're not ruling out anything."