A fire gutted a house in Fountain early Tuesday morning, leaving a family of six without a home, police said.

The fire erupted on Daffodil Street around 3:30 a.m. and had spread to the cars in the family's driveway when the Fountain Fire Department arrived, according to Fountain police spokeswoman Lisa Schneider.

One of the residents Tanisha Tankersley woke up after she heard popping sounds.

"It sounded like gunfire and shattering glass," Tankersley said.

Tankersley's boyfriend went to check the noise when he saw flames engulfing their two cars, deck and front of the house.

Tankersley rushed her two sons, a 4-month-old and 7-year-old out the back sliding door before the older son was even fully dressed. Meanwhile her boyfriend helped Tankersley's 11-year-old and 14-year-old children out of the house.

"We woke up and panicked," Tankersley said.

The entire family managed to escape without injuries.

When firefighters arrived, they rushed to extinguish the blaze, which was primarily burning near the front of the house, Schneider said.

The fire threatened to melt the sides of other homes, Gazette news partner KKTV reported, but firefighters managed to get the blaze under-control without other damage by 5:45 a.m.

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Tankersley said officials told her the house was a total loss along with their belongings and cars because of the extent of fire, smoke, and water damage. 

The family received immediate support from the Red Cross Cross and is trying to find a temporary living situation among family, friends, and neighbors Tankersley said. 

The cause of the fire was accidental, Schneider said.

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