LATEST @ 2.00 PM | Police are investigating whether a child custody battle may have been behind a fatal house fire at New Beith in Logan.
A 31-year-old woman allegedly broke into the home of her ex-partner around 3.00am on Thursday, before dousing it in fuel and setting it alight.
The woman died at the scene, while the 33-year-old man remains fighting for his life in hospital.
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His new girlfriend suffered airway burns, while three children aged 5, 3 and 2 thankfully managed to escape uninjured.
Superintendent Mark White said the deceased woman and man did have a history of domestic violence.
“Police have had contact with the male victim and ex-partner in relation to domestic violence incidents and that will form part of our investigation,” Detective Supt White said.
“We do believe that there were proceedings that had been progressing around the custody of the children”.
A crime scene has been established as investigators work to piece together exactly what occurred.
EARLIER @ 7.00 AM | One person is dead and several others, including children, have been injured following a house fire in Logan.
Emergency crews were called to a home in New Beith around 3am, following reports of a large blaze.
Upon arrival at the scene, they found the property completely engulfed in flames.
Fire crews immediately began dousing the flames, locating the body of a 31-year-old woman inside.
According to police, the woman was known to the residents of the home but does not live at the property.
Five others were treated at the scene by paramedics, including a 33-year-old man who suffered critical burns to his body.
A 30-year-old woman also sustained suspected airway burns, with the pair taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Three children, aged 5, 3 and 2, managed to escape uninjured, but have been transported to the Queensland Children’s Hospital as a precaution.
Preliminary investigations by police suggest the fire is suspicious.
A crime scene has been established at the home as investigations into the blaze continue.