More than £7,000 has been raised to support a family whose home was destroyed by a fire over the weekend.

At least five fire crews were called to a house in Tennyson Road in Harpenden just before 7am on Sunday (July 11).

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue has said the fire caused "significant damage" to the three-storey property but fortunately no one was hurt.

Following the incident, a Go Fund Me page was set up by a friend of the family to help them recover.

According to the friend, the fire has "destroyed the house and 99 per cent of their possessions".

She added: "Lots of extremely kind people are donating items for their 16 month old and baby who is due in 8 weeks but they really don’t know what they will need and when, so if you’d like to make a donation to make this process a tiny bit easier for them, I would so appreciate it."

Since the fundraising page was set up, more than £7,600 has been raised, exceeding a target of £5,000.

Images taken by firefighters at the scene show smoke pouring from the roof of the property and inside, the home had been severely fire damaged.

A fire service spokesperson said the fire, which began on the first floor, has been recorded as accidental.

Five fire engines from Harpenden, Redbourn, St Albans, Wheathampstead attended along with an aerial ladder platform from Watford.