The Campbell River Fire chief says an investigation is in its early stages to determine what caused a fire that destroyed one home, and caused damage to another.

Thomas Doherty says calls came just after 8 p.m. Tuesday for a house fire on Leed Road and says all four occupants were able to get out of the building uninjured.

Doherty says one person inside a neighbouring home that was damaged from the spreading fire got out to safety.

Emergency services helped find shelter for all five people.

Doherty says the fire appears to have started in the garage or carport area of the home that was consumed by flames.

Twenty-five firefighters responded with two engine units, two ladder trucks and a rescue unit.

B.C. Ambulance and Campbell River RCMP also attended.

Doherty says there was lots of smoke in the area and some neighbours were assessed and homes ventilated to try and remove the smell.

The investigation continues and a GoFundMe has been set up for one of the families affected.

Ben O'Hara