A former rugby player and his three children have died in what police have described as a “horrific” car fire in Brisbane, Australia.
Rowan Baxter, 42, and the children – Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey Baxter – all aged under 10, were found dead in the vehicle.
The children’s mother, Hannah Baxter, 31, suffered extensive burns and was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Officers were called to the scene at around 8.30am on Wednesday and found the car engulfed in flames.
Detective Inspector Mark Thompson, of Queensland State Police, said: “It’s a horrific scene.”
He said officers were investigating the cause of the accident, which took place in Raven Street at Camp Hill.
“It is too early for me to say how the actual incident occurred, that would certainly be a critical part of the investigation,” he said.
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“But I can say that the vehicle was fully involved in fire upon the emergency services arriving,” he said.
Image: Police described the scene of the blaze as ‘horrific’
Mr Baxter, a member of the 2005 New Zealand Warriors rugby league football squad and the children, aged six, four and three, died at the scene.
Neighbour Murray Campbell told the Brisbane Times he heard several explosions from his backyard and ran to the front.
He said he alerted the emergency services, adding: “The rest is just horrible”.
Mr Campbell said the car was stationary, but then rolled across the street ablaze.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the news was “devastating”.
“My heart goes out to the families and community going through this tragic time and the emergency responders confronting what would be a shattering scene,” he tweeted.
Source : Sky News