Friday, 10 April, 2020

Former BOP man and family killed in auto fire

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"They quickly moved on to the people that needed treatment and that was given quickly and we transported two patients away from the scene, both to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, with burns", he said.

A Queensland Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia police were called to Raven Street in Camp Hill at 8.20am on Wednesday morning.

Hannah and Rowan Baxter reportedly separated late past year and were trying to work out custody arrangements.

They found the couple's three children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey - aged between six and three - dead inside the vehicle.

Paramedics said they had also treated a passerby, who had "tried his best to get to the car".

"I can confirm we have three deceased children inside the vehicle under the age of 10, another deceased male who was known to the children".

Baxter, a former member of Auckland's New Zealand Warriors squad in Australia's National Rugby League, is being accused of filling a gas can with fuel and dousing the family vehicle containing his wife and children, and setting it alight, according to multiple Australian news reports.

The injured woman suffered serious burns and has been taken to hospital.

Police in Queensland have established a major crime scene investigation after four people, including three young children, died in a "horrific" auto fire in Brisbane.

"The investigation is in its infancy, so it's very important for us to recognise that there are other family members and people known to our victims that need to be spoken to by police and notified of the incident in an appropriate manner", Thompson said. The spokesman said: "From an ambulance perspective we did all we could ..."

"That's exactly what we're investigating, what exactly happened today".

Rowan Baxter and his children.

It's understood Rowan is a former New Zealand Warriors player.

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"Somebody did step in to try and help that was close by", Tong said.

The man received minor burns to his upper body and face that were not life-threatening.

"We did all we could, but it was confronting".

"I was out the back and came running down the side and ... the rest is history", he said.

Nine News reporter Jordan Fabris has been at Camp Hill all morning and tells Ray Hadley he's never seen as many detectives at a crime scene before.

Phil Patane said he raced to the scene to check on his parents, who are residents of the street.

"Oh, it's just devastating, really".

Thompson said police had not yet been able to inspect the inside of the vehicle, and that the cause of the blaze was still unclear.

"It's really, really scary".

"I've been here my whole life and I wouldn't expect anything from here".

A house at Carindale registered to the Baxter family has been cordoned off by police as a place of interest.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 000.