What came in as a fire in a basement quickly escalated as Tay Township firefighters battled a blaze in an older home on Old Fort Road near Highway 12 on Monday morning.
Fire Chief Shawn Aymer tells Barrie 360 that due to the age of the home, the fire rapidly spread into the walls and into the attic.
The lone occupant got out safely along with some pets.
Aymer said the resident was alerted to the fire by the popping and cracking of the flames. He was unable to confirm if there was a working smoke detector in the home.
The fire was called in shortly before 7 a.m.
The house was destroyed. Damage is estimated between $600,000 and $700,000.