UPDATE: An off-duty police officer and two Meals on Wheels volunteers have been hailed heroes for their quick response to a Pittsworth house fire this morning.

The owners of the Hadley St house could do little but watch as fire destroyed their home despite the efforts of multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officers.

Neighbours raised the alarm within moments of seeing smoke billow from the newly renovated home.

In a heartbreaking twist, the owners had only left on a holiday 30 minutes before the fire took hold in the brick-veneer home.

Pittsworth police Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Rob Patterson said the fire had been reported to authorities quickly but QFES were powerless to stop the fire spreading through the inside of the house.

"One off-duty police officer has actually entered the house and raised the alarm however it was established that no-one was home at the time," he said.

Sgt Patterson commended Meals on Wheels volunteer Mary Smith and her colleague who did their best to alert authorities.

"It's good to see volunteers helping out the community in more ways than one," he said.

The fire is believed to have started at the back of the property which neighbours a park with a children's playground.

Firefighters were delayed from entering the house due to asbestos concerns but managed to dampen down the dwelling and begin airing the roof within an hour of the fire igniting.

Crews remained on scene well into the afternoon dampening down hotspots.

Sgt Patterson said the cause of the fire was unknown.

"At this stage we haven't any cause of the fire," he said.

"We haven't established that there are any suspicious circumstances."

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on scene of the Hadley St, Pittsworth fire.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on scene of the Hadley St, Pittsworth fire. Tara Miko

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews continue to dampen down the Hadley St house after fire took hold in the structure about 11.45am.

Two Meals on Wheels volunteers were among the first to spot and report the fire to authorities, the cause of which is unknown.

The point of origin is as yet unknown.

The house burns in Pittsworth. Photo S. Schultz
The house burns in Pittsworth. Photo S. Schultz S. Schultz

EARLIER: Multiple fire crews are battling to bring a structure fire at Pittsworth under control.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are at the scene of the fire which a spokeswoman said was "fully involved".

The Hadley St structure is located near the Pittsworth sports club.


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