Five people have been taken to hospital after a fire gutted a Duffy home on Thursday, as temperatures soared towards 40 degrees in the nation's capital.
The roof of the Tantangara Street home collapsed amid the blaze, which started in the kitchen.
The fire also caused major structural damage to the rear of the property.
ACT Fire & Rescue crews, including multiple pumpers, commanders and a HAZMAT vehicle, were called to the Weston Creek address just before 11.30am.
The fire had been extinguished by 1.40pm.
ACT Ambulance Service assessed and transported one adult and four children to Canberra Hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation.
Neighbour Terry Price said “someone came bashing at my window and I came out and I saw next door was on fire. It was horrific. It was full on.
“The fire next door was too far gone but the awnings on my roof were on fire. I hosed them down and the leaves in the guttering.”
He said there was a lady about 30 years of age and three children in the house next door. They pushed their car clear of the house and took refuge across the road while the fire brigade put the blaze out.
People at the scene said two dogs died in the blaze.