A HOUSE fire on Brisbane’s southside near a train station has caused havoc for commuters.

The home on Albyn Rd, Sunnybank, between Sunnybank and Altandi stations, has reportedly been gutted.

Emergency services were called to the blaze about 7.15am.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said there were multiple crews on scene battling the fire which may have been deliberately lit.

She said a “large plume of black smoke” had alerted nearby residents to the house fire.

Trains outbound from the city were halted for a short time.

Sunnybank resident Chris Seen told the Southern Star a “clean up order” was issued for the house which was apparently occupied by squatters.

“Neighbours noticed a male tipping accelerant in the yard this morning and then he ran off,” he said.

“The yard was full or garbage including a trampoline, clothes and waste and these were set on fire as well.”

“It was a shock to locals who had their breakfast or morning lay in interrupted with thick black smoke,” he said.

Initial concerns were there may have been someone inside but the house was cleared by firies.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said officers were on the scene to conduct a full investigation into the fire.