A weatherboard Queenslander in Kingsley Street, Byron Bay was totally consumed by fire in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday, August 6).
It is the second weatherboard house within a small area of Byron Bay to have been destroyed by flames in a fortnight, after a guesthouse in nearby Kingsley Street was gutted on July 21.
NSW Fire and Rescue received a call at 4.45am Thursday (August 6) and despatched crews from Byron Bay, Bangalow and Brunswick Heads to extinguish the blaze, all to no avail.
A spokesperson said the building was already well alight when crews arrived and the fire was beginning to threaten the house next door.
The sole woman resident, who had evacuated the house before the fire completely took hold, was taken by ambulance to hospital.
The woman, believed to be in her 60s, was suffering smoke inhalation and minor burns.
Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.
NSW Fire and Rescue are once again emphasizing their fire safety message.
Residents are reminded to have a home escape plan, make sure their smoke alarms are working and to ring 000 at the first sign of fire.