THREE firefighting crews with breathing apparatus took about 25 minutes to control a blaze which severely damaged a Pine St home this afternoon.
Gympie fire station officer Tony Scott said fire crews arrived to find a single level brick home well involved with fire.
Mr Scott said the house occupant was outside when fire and police crews arrived.
She told them there were no other people inside. The house had been on fire for about 20 minutes when crews arrived.
All up three crews equipped with breathing apparatus took high pressure hoses into the house to attack the fire from the inside, while another officer kept a hose on the flames from outside.
The house, now deemed uninhabitable, has been severely damaged by heat and smoke, Mr Scott said.
Firies got the call about 2pm and the first crew arrived a few minutes later.
Two further appliances then arrived.
"We would have had it completely under control within 15 to 20 minutes, with another half hour of damping down to make sure it did not re-ignite," he said.