KITCHENER -- A house fire in Wellesley has left seven people without a place to stay.

The call came in just after 7 p.m. on Friday for a residence on Queens Bush Road.

Officials say the fire started above the garage and estimate the damage cost to be over $500,000.

"Within a few minutes it was just fully engulfed," said neighbour Susan Seyler. "It could have been much worse. The whole family could have been home and it could have been very traumatic."

No injuries were reported.

Steve Martin, Deputy Chief for Wellesley Fire, says a Mom, Dad, their son, his wife, and three kids are living at the residence and left around an hour before the fire started.

He adds a dog was in the house at the time, but an off-duty firefighter who was walking by at the time rescued it.  

The seven people displaced are now being assisted by the Red Cross.

Fire officials are unsure when the family will be allowed back inside as it will be up to their insurance company to find out if any of it can be salvaged.

The Ontario Fire Marshal is currently investigating the cause and origin.