Police are investigating the cause of an overnight house fire at Gunning.
The RFS was called to the blaze in an unoccupied house at 10 Saxby Lane, a short distance from the main street, at about 6pm Tuesday.
The timber-clad home was well alight when Gunning, Oolong and Merrill brigades arrived, RFS Southern Tablelands operations officer Luke Amor said. NSW Fire and Rescue also attended.
Multiple phone calls from the community had alerted them and crews quickly responded.
"The narrow access (along the lane) was a challenge along with the unknown nature of what was in the building," Mr Amor said.
"The sub-floor was well alight and it was too dangerous for crews to enter so they employed defensive firefighting tactics."
Some 24 firefighters had the blaze contained by 7.45pm and under control by 9.30pm. The outbreak was fully extinguished several hours later.
There was no threat to nearby properties.
Mr Amor said Gunning brigade was back on scene on Wednesday morning dousing hotspots.
Police were also at the house investigating. The cause is not known at this stage.
The blaze attracted numerous onlookers. Gunning RFS posted its thanks to the Telegraph Hotel licensees for "cooking up a storm " for firefighters while they were on scene.
The Post understands the house had been unoccupied for at least 10 years.
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