UPDATE: M’boro house fire believed to be deliberately lit
UPDATE: EMERGENCY crews believe a fire that engulfed a home in Maryborough on Saturday was deliberately lit.
Acting station officer Paul Sanders said fire investigators had not been able to enter the home yet because of the damage to the structure.
"We believe the fire to be of a malicious nature at this time," he said.
He said police officers would carry out an investigation once it was safe to inspect the house.
Mr Sanders said fire crews had been unable to enter the Albert St home because of the intensity of the blaze when they arrived.
They instead focussed their attention on a neighbouring home which was being impacted by the fire, as well as bringing the main blaze under control.
Mr Sanders said the home was believed to be abandoned and no one was believed to be inside at the time.
"Neighbours have said it's been abandoned for some time."
Max Parkinson was the owner of the neighbouring home that was damaged by the fire.
He smelled the smoke and called 000 before fighting to protect his own home, getting out his hose and watering down the side of the house where paint was starting to peel.
His window screens and a drain pipe were melted due to the intensity of the blaze.
"All the paint's blistered on our house," Mr Parkinson said.
He said the heat of the blaze had been incredible.
"It was cruel. I was hiding behind the fence trying to protect my house from it and I just couldn't do it, I was just getting burnt.
"It was massive. I was terrified because I just renovated all this."
Mr Parkinson said the neighbouring home was almost completely gutted within the first 20 minutes of the blaze starting.
Traffic diversions are still in place in Albert St and Fort Ln.
UPDATE: Police and firefighters remain at the scene of a house fire on the corner of Albert St and Fort Ln.
Crews are still at the scene of the blaze, using hoses to put out the remaining embers, with smoke still coming from inside the house.
Amelia Ferguson, 16, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene, said the house was entirely engulfed by flames.
Part of both roads have been blocked by emergency services, with traffic diverted around the scene.
EARLIER: Fire crews are at the scene of a blaze in Albert St, Maryborough.
A home in the street was engulfed by fire and appears to have been gutted by the flames.
Police and paramedics are also at the scene.
The fire was reported about 2.12pm.
More to come.