Family holiday ends in tragedy as 4yo boy dies in house fire

A four-year-old boy has died and his mother has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after their holiday home at Anglers Reach, near Adaminaby became engulfed in flames overnight.

About 6.30pm (Thursday 23 July 2015), a 40-year-old man, his 35-year-old wife, and four children arrived at a home on Illawong Road to commence a holiday.

Police have been told that while the family, from Victoria, were in the process of settling into the premises, attempts were made to light a fire in the open fireplace. The fire was eventually lit but spread throughout the building.


Emergency services were called; however the home was completely destroyed.

The woman suffered burns to her face and upper body and was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to Cooma Hospital.

She was airlifted to Canberra Hospital and remains in a serious condition. The man and three of the children were uninjured.

A guard remained at the house overnight.

Fire investigators and police were not able to enter the premises until the structural integrity of the building could be determined this morning.

The fourth child, a four-year-old boy, was located deceased this morning (Friday 24 July 2015) by officers attached to Monaro Local Area Command and NSW Fire & Rescue.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.