A house went up in flames east of Ste. Anne on Tuesday.

Bob Saindon is the Ste. Anne Fire Chief. He says in the early afternoon they were called to a bungalow fire just behind Lake Riviera. 

Saindon says the house was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

"When we showed up on scene here there was nothing left standing except for a garage," says Saindon.

According to Saindon, the house was a brand-new build. He says the owners moved in maybe six months ago. Saindon says there was nobody home at the time of the fire and he suggests it was probably burning for at least a couple of hours before anyone spotted it. That is a rural lot and Saindon says he thinks it was a passing motorist who called in the fire.

The Ste. Anne Fire Department had called for mutual aid, but Saindon says when his crews arrived on scene they quickly called off La Broquerie Fire Department, realizing there was not much they could do and there was no point calling in extra resources.

Saindon says the attached garage also burned, noting everything is a total loss.

Saindon will not speculate on what caused the fire but says the Office of the Fire Commissioner will be investigating.

He adds there were no injuries.