VIDEO: Woman wakes to sound of home inferno
UPDATE: A woman has escaped uninjured after being woken by the noise of her home being destroyed by fire.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officer Acting Inspector Archie Andrews said the woman was sleeping at the front section of a Noosa Eumundi Rd home when fire broke out at the rear of the property about 1.40pm.
"She heard crackling and banging noises from the actual fire itself," Act Insp Andrews said.
"They didn't have a working smoke alarm."
The woman was able to flee the blaze without being harmed.
There were more than 30 firefighters working on the blaze at its peak, with the rural teams supplying water to the urban teams.
It took them about 20 minutes to bring it under control, with the fire extinguished within about two hours of arrival.
Act Insp Andrews said there had been initial concerns that up to four other people, including the homeowner, could have been inside the inferno but they were soon confirmed to have been away from the property at the time.
Act Insp Andrews said the woman was lucky to have escaped.
"Had she not woken up it might have been a different story."
He implored home owners to install smoke alarms.
"Anywhere between $10 and $30 will give you a very good, working smoke alarm."
He also noted that with recent cold weather, residents needed to be vigilant with any pieces of heating equipment.
"Do not leave them unattended," he said.
"Do not leave them on when you leave the house."
He said the destroyed Doonan home was not insured.
Fire investigators will work to confirm the cause.
EARLIER: A house has been destroyed by fire between Noosa and Eumundi.
Firefighters were called to a lowset home on the Noosa Eumundi Rd at Doonan about 1.40pm.
Dozens of firefighters are on scene attempting to tackle the blaze..
There were initial concerns that a resident could still have been in the home but emergency services personnel have since given the all clear.
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