A late Saturday night fire ravaged a home in the North Halifax community of Nathalie, displacing the two Hines brothers who lived in the home.

“Two brothers were living in the house. It was their family home. They lost everything that was in the house,” said Ronnie Waller, chief of the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department. “The roof is still standing, but the home was pretty much destroyed.”

Waller said the Hines brothers were home at the time of the fire but escaped safely.

The fire chief said his department responded to the fire at 1013 Cornelias Lane near Volens Road at 11:30 p.m. Saturday with four trucks plus an ambulance. North Halifax was assisted by three other volunteer fire departments in the area – Brookneal, responding with three trucks, Liberty, responding with three trucks, and Triangle, responding with two trucks.

Between 25 and 30 firefighters remained on scene until nearly daybreak fighting the fire in challenging conditions, according to Waller.

“When we arrived, there was so much smoke outside the house that you could not see,” Waller stated. “We got the call at about 11:30 p.m. and didn’t clean up until about 6 the next morning. It rained on us all night.”

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Waller said the fire started in the basement.