A handful of Spruce Grove residents are working together, and have begun collecting donations, after a family lost their home to a fire overnight.

Officials said the fire broke out in the basement of the home on Heatherglen Close in Spruce Grove just after midnight.

“Apparently, some passerby broke into the front door, thinking that people were still living in the house,” Deputy Fire Chief John Hynes said. “Nobody was at home.

“We arrived and the fire was already coming through the roof.”

The family was on holiday in Jasper, when they got the call about their home early Friday morning.

Now, neighbours are stepping up to help, gathering the basic necessities for the family.

“I just posted on Facebook what happened last night, and asked all of my Facebook friends to help out and all the donations came pouring in,” Michelle Kuczkowski said. “We are now just trying to organize it all to get them through the first two weeks here.”

The family of seven includes five children, all under 17-years-old.

Officials said the cause of the fire is not known, damage has been estimated at about $300,000, at least.

If you would like to contribute, contact Lori at 780-217-1613.