A CRIME scene has been declared at a Don St, Biloela residence after a house went up in flames shortly before 5.30pm today.
Initial information suggests the family was away at the time but eight puppies and two large dogs were believed to be inside the house which was completely destroyed.
Two Queensland Fire and Emergency Service personnel searched the house with breathing apparatus but were unable to comment if any pets were inside.
Police, fire and ambulance services were in attendance.
Biloela police Sergeant Andrew Irvine was the first response officer at the house fire.
"It's unknown at this stage what's caused it, we'll be declaring a crime scene as soon as the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service have declared the scene safe and the smoke has gone and the fire's out," he said.
"We'll be guarding it until our forensic officers from Rockhampton arrive to conduct a full forensic examination of the dwelling.
"It's believed there were no occupants in it at the time, they are believed to be elsewhere."
A neighbour said he and several others heard loud bangs as the house burned.
"We sort of saw the smoke coming out, (we) heard the bangs," he said.
"We don't know if it was gas or not, they (other neighbours) were sort of saying it might have been some sort of explosion."
Witness Stephanie Morrison said the owners of the house had called her after hearing their house was on fire.
"We were in Tiamby St and we saw the smoke and then the owner rang me saying that 'apparently my house is on fire and we're just ringing up to check if it is," she said.
Ms Morrison said the owners were out of town with their two kids, but she understood there were eight puppies and two big dogs in the house.
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