08/15/2012 08:14 EDT | Updated 10/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Family escapes north Toronto house fire

A family escaped a fire in their home Tuesday night after neighbours spotted flames coming from the roof.

The house on Gatesgill Crescent in north Toronto, near Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue, was badly damaged.

The fire reached a second alarm as extra firefighters were called in to assist.

The fire was mostly confined to the attic.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.