Police investigating cause of Boonah house fire
UPDATE 6.30AM: Police are investigating the cause of a house fire at Boonah yesterday afternoon.
At 1:30pm, police were called to an address on Macquarie St after flames were seen coming from the rear left corner of the house.
Initial inquiries suggest the fire started in the rear of the home and spread through the house causing it to be engulfed and completely destroyed.
No one was inside the home during the fire.
At this stage, the fire is being treated as non-suspicious while police work to determine the cause.
Investigations are continuing.
UPDATE 4PM: A home has been gutted by fire just days before Christmas.
The large Queenslander on the corner of Macquarie and Brook St in Boonah was fully engulfed as firefighters arrived on scene about 1.30pm this afternoon.
QFES Area Commander Ross Mutzelburg says five crews battled for more than an hour in extreme heat to try to bring the blaze under control.
The home has been left standing but it has sustained serious damage throughout.
Three firefighters have been overcome with heat exhaustion and have been taken to nearby Boonah Hospital for further observation and treatment.
"The crews have had a quite a battle here," Mr Mutzelburg said.
"All the firefighters on scene are being checked by QAS as they come out."
Firefighters on scene conveyed their thanks to local residents who brought them water to drink as they were fighting the blaze.
Mr Mutzelburg says investigations into the fire are under way, but it is too early to pinpoint the cause.
HOUSE FIRE: Firefighters treated for heat exhaustion
UPDATE 3PM: SEVERAL firefighters are being treated for heat exhaustion at the scene of a serious house fire at Boonah this afternoon.
A house on the corner of Macquarie St and Brook St was fully engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived just after 1.30pm.
Several crews have been battling the blaze for more than an hour in 35-degree heat.
Queensland Ambulance Service has confirmed several firefighters are being assessed by paramedics who are on standby at the scene.
According to initial reports, none of the occupants of the house were home at the time of the fire.
HOUSE FIRE: Flames engulf home near Ipswich
UPDATE 2.30PM: Five fire crews are still trying to extinguish a house fire at Boonah, more than an hour after it started.
Emergency services were called to the fire on the corner of Macquarie St and Brook St at 1.30pm.
Nobody was home at the time.
EARLIER: A house has been destroyed by fire after it caught alight in Boonah this afternoon.
Authorities say the house was fully engulfed when emergency services arrived on scene on the corner of Brook and Macquarie Sts at 1.30pm.
Three Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews are working to extinguish the fire but it is understood nobody was home at the time.