An Edmonton family is now homeless after their home was destroyed by a fire Thursday morning.

And with high winds threatening to spread the flames, fire crews worked tirelessly to save nearby buildings.

Fire crews were alerted to the burning home by a neighbour.

"You should have seen how black it was. It was scary," said neighbour Linda Morrison.

Flames sparked in the back of the mobile home located on Lee Ride Road early Thursday and moved quickly.

"It's always risky when you have buildings with vinyl siding and the wind blowing. Then you have the opportunity for flame impingement or radiant heat, causing secondary fires," said fire investigator with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Capt. Craig Kerry.

Fire investigators say the home is a complete write-off.

"There is heavy smoke and water damage throughout," said Kerry.

Neighbours say the young family recently moved into the home and have two children.

"The owner was telling me that he had done some renovations to it. He's pretty choked up," said Morrison.

The family of the home tells CTV News they are relieved no one was home at the time of the blaze.

Fire officials estimate damage to be around $275,000. Fire investigators tell CTV News they are unable to determine what caused the fire. They say their investigation is now closed.

With files from Sean Amato