CANTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A family escaped from their Canton home as a roaring fire broke out overnight.

Firefighters responding to Boathouse Road around midnight found large flames and smoke pouring out of the house.

The residents made it out of the home unharmed thanks to their working fire alarms, according to Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody.

Crews battled the blaze from the outside throughout the early morning hours before clearing the scene.

Around 5:30 a.m., an orange glow could be seen coming from the top of the house.

Firefighters returned back to the scene to maintain those hot spots.

A preliminary investigation suggests the fire began on the exterior of the home before becoming trapped into the walls and making its way into the attic area, Doody said.

The roof collapsed and the home has been deemed a total loss.

The cause remains under investigation.

This is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest updates.

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