A family has been left with just the clothes they stand up in after fire destroyed a Richmondshire farmhouse today.
More than 20 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at the roadside property at Brokes, near Richmond.
The farmhouse has been completely destroyed.
Nobody has been injured in the blaze with the occupants either out or leaving when the fire was discovered.
Firefighters also rescued several dogs from the property.
Occupants Lorraine and Duncan Graham were shopping in Richmond when the fire was discovered by Duncan’s brother Anthony.
He told how he heard a popping noise a saw a light fitting come crashing down before discovering the fire in an upstairs room.
The fire service was called by a passing soldier who it is believed saw the smoke and flames.
Lorraine said: “We’ve lost everything. We’ve only got the clothes that we are stood up in.”
Duncan added: “I haven’t even got a pair of wellies.”
The family are sheltering this afternoon in nearby holiday cottage.
Richmond fire station manager Mick Dale said the cause of the blaze was being investigated.
Crews from Richmond, Leyburn, Colburn, Reeth and the aerial ladder platform from Darlington attended the incident.
The road remained blocked at 2.30pm while crews dampened down the building.