PITTSWORTH FIRE: 'He has lost absolutely everything'
UPDATE: An elderly farmer has lost his worldly possessions and a lifetime of memories after a fire razed his Pittsworth home on Sunday night.
The intensity of the fire that took hold about 8.50pm was fierce enough to be seen from a neighbouring rural property on the Pittsworth Felton Rd.
It was those neighbours, and a passer-by, who phoned it in to emergency services which, despite quickly arriving on scene, were unable to save the old Queenslander house.
"He has lost absolutely everything except for what he crawled out of his house in which is his work clothes," Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Paul Evans said of the property owner and sole occupant.
"There's not a thing left within the house or the attached garage."
Multiple QFES crews managed to contain the fire to the house, saving nearby machinery and bales of hay from catching alight, some of which were just 8m from the inferno.
Insp Evans said a neighbour from across the road was at the property when QFES crews arrived.
The man had managed to crawl his way to safety, but told emergency responders he had gotten lost in the home he had lived in for years.
Insp Evans said it was a close call for the man who was taken to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment of shock and smoke inhalation.
"He stood on the cusp of being with us, or not with us," he said.
The fire is believed to have started at the rear of the insured home.
Insp Evans said it was unlikely a cause would be known due to the extent of the damage to the structure.
INITIAL: A distraught farmer has been taken to hospital after his home burned to the ground last night.
The single-storey timber and iron home was destroyed by the time multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews arrived on scene at the Pittsworth Felton Rd property at Pittsworth.
A neighbour had pulled the property owner from the home and alerted emergency services shortly before 8.50pm.
As paramedics treated the elderly man at the scene for shock and possible smoke inhalation, five fire-fighting units battled to stop the fire spreading to nearby structures.
About 90 per cent of the home's exterior walls had caved in with concern then turning to the possible destruction of nearby buildings including machinery.
Three urban QFES crews including from Pittsworth and Toowoomba, and two rural crews from Southbrook and Cambooya, contained the fire to the homestead.
The property owner was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition for treatment of smoke inhalation and shock.
Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.