UPDATE 12.30PM: Fire investigators are working to determine what sparked a blaze which destroyed part of a Chinchilla home this morning.

Initial investigations suggest an electrical appliance could have started the fire which tore through the front part of a Durah St home about 8.45am.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Chinchilla Captain Brian Colley said a laptop could have sparked the fire but that had not been definitely determined.

Capt. Colley said firefighters battled a strong north-westerly wind at the fire front, and had the blaze under control by about 9.30am.

A house was destroyed by fire in Chinchilla this morning.
A house was destroyed by fire in Chinchilla this morning.

10.20AM: The cause of a fire which ripped through a Chinchilla home this morning is under investigation.

Chinchilla Fire Station Captain Brian Colley said crews had been so far unable to determine the cause of the blaze, but initial investigations suggest it started at the front of the house.

The house had been gutted in the blaze, with the back half extensively damaged by smoke and water.

Capt. Colley said the fire had started while the homeowner was taking one of her children to school.

Emergency services and witness comfort a woman who collapsed in the street as she watched her home burn to the ground.
Emergency services and witness comfort a woman who collapsed in the street as she watched her home burn to the ground.

9.45AM: A woman has collapsed to her knees in the street sobbing as she watched a fire rip through her home.

Firefighters continue to battle the blaze on Durah St at Chinchilla after a concerned neighbour called 000 about 8.47am.

Witnesses have reported seeing the woman return to the home about 9.15am and break down crying as emergency services continue to fight the fire.

She was comforted by police, QFES crews and paramedics.

A neighbour called emergency services after noting smoke billowing from the rear of the property.

The neighbour said she initially thought the blaze was a backyard fire before realising it was bigger and had impacted the home.

No-one was home at the Durah St house when the fire broke out.

Firefighters have searched the residence and there is not believed to be anyone unaccounted for.

Crews have gained access to the property and are working to extinguish the blaze from inside the house.

Firefighters battle a destructive house blaze on the western Darling Downs.
Firefighters battle a destructive house blaze on the western Darling Downs.

9.30AM: Explosions have been heard from inside a house on the western Darling Downs as firefighters battle to bring the blaze under control.

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are battling the fire reported to authorities about 8.45am.

Firefighters have as yet been unable to search inside the home, but early reports suggest all people have been accounted for.

QFES crews in breathing apparatus are trying to access the home as water pumpers douse the flames.

Thick smoke is billowing from the timber home.
Thick smoke is billowing from the timber home.

9AM: Firefighters are battling to bring a house fire under control after it ignited this morning.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are at the scene of the fire on Durah St, Chinchilla.

The house is believed to be well-involved with thick smoke plumes billowing across the suburban street.

The fire was reported to authorities about 8.45am.

Two QFES crews are on scene and Queensland Ambulance has been put on standby.


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