A Rochester family's home was destroyed by a 4-alarm fire Friday afternoon.

The call for the fire that engulfed the two-story house on Chapman Drive came in around 2:35 p.m. after the smoke detectors went off sending the occupants outside to see a fire on the porch, according to Rochester Fire Chief Mark Klose.

Heavy smoke poured from the house before firefighters arrived.

Fire on Chapman Drive in Rochester (Robert Nettles)

The fire caused a section of the house to collapse and was difficult to bring under control because of the heat, wind and size of the fire, according to Klose. A tanker truck was sent to the fire scene because of a lack of hydrants.

Firefighters from several companies including Portsmouth Airport at Pease responded to the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire on Chapman Drive in Rochester (Robert Nettles)

Robert Nettles contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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