Child dead, another critical after horror house fire

UPDATE at 4:10 PM | A FOUR-year-old boy has tragically died in hospital after suffering life-threatening burns in a horror house fire on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

The blaze engulfed the family’s Ross Road home at Weranga, west of Toowoomba, on Tuesday night.

Two boys, aged three and four, and their 34-year-old father were reportedly asleep inside the timber home when the fire started and flames ripped through the property shortly after 7.30pm.


The boys’ both suffered horrific burns to 90 per cent of their bodies and were airlifted to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in critical conditions.

Their father suffered serious burns to his arms while dragging their badly burned bodies out of the inferno.

He was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Sadly, a spokesman for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital confirmed to the Toowoomba Chronical that the oldest boy had since succumbed to his burns and passed away in hospital.

His younger brother remains at the hospital in a critical condition.

It’s understood the house did not have fire alarms.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the family. To donate, click here.

FIRST at 6:30 AM | A MAN and two young children have been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after suffering serious burns in a house fire in Queensland’s south-west.

Around 8.00pm last night, emergency crews rushed to a house on Ross Road in Weranga after receiving reports of a large blaze.

Upon arrival, officers found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Three people, including a 34-year-old man and two young children, managed to escape the burning inferno, however received serious burns whilst doing so.

They have been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

Police said the house was completely destroyed and that investigations into the fire are ongoing.

– First report by Shanee Dobeson.