Mother and child found dead inside burnt out unit

 

THE bodies of woman and a child have been found inside a burnt out Biggera Waters unit complex following a devastating fire overnight.

Undertakers have retrieved the two bodies believed to be those of a woman and her young son who were unaccounted for after the early morning blaze in the Back Street unit complex.

The cause of the fire is not yet known but police have established a crime scene.

The hearse comes to take away the bodies of a mother and her young son after a horrific unit complex fire at Biggera Waters this morning.
The hearse comes to take away the bodies of a mother and her young son after a horrific unit complex fire at Biggera Waters this morning.

One neighbour wept as the bodies were brought out to a waiting hearse.

Forensic testing will be carried out to confirm their identities as investigations continue.

The fire engulfed the Back Street unit complex at Biggera Waters about 1.30am this morning.

The unit fire at Back Street at Biggera Waters where two people are currently unaccounted for.
The unit fire at Back Street at Biggera Waters where two people are currently unaccounted for.

Police and rescue crews have managed to get inside the unit this afternoon to make the horrific discovery after heat and asbestos made it too dangerous to enter the complex to check for bodies earlier this morning.

Neighbours heard yelling at the time the blaze broke out.

Investigators at the house fire in Back Street, Biggera Waters where two people remain unaccounted for. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
Investigators at the house fire in Back Street, Biggera Waters where two people remain unaccounted for. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

The ferocious blaze was extinguished just before 6am this morning, with police, fire crews and investigators on site into the afternoon.

The scene of a unit block fire at Biggera Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett
The scene of a unit block fire at Biggera Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett

Neighbouring units were evacuated at the time of the blaze and one male in his 40s was treated for possible smoke inhalation and transported to a medical facility nearby in a stable condition for precaution.

A neighbour, Debbie, who wanted her surname withheld, said she knew some of the residents who lived in the burnt out unit.

The scene of a unit complex fire at Back Street Biggera Waters. Police, firefighters are currently investigating the cause of the blaze.
The scene of a unit complex fire at Back Street Biggera Waters. Police, firefighters are currently investigating the cause of the blaze.

"It's just horrible and you don't expect to be woken at night to something like this," she said.

"My housemate is hysterical because she saw it all happen, she is just devastated."

Another local in the street, Liz Lanini, was woken to sirens and knew "something bad had happened".

"There is definitely an eerie feeling in the air this morning," she said.

"I just knew something really bad had happened."

 

 

The scene of a unit block fire at Biggera Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett
The scene of a unit block fire at Biggera Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett

 

No other patients have required QAS assessment or treatment.

A crime scene was declared at 1.45am as officers work to establish the cause of the blaze.

Investigations are continuing.

 

The scene of a unit block fire at Biggera Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett
The scene of a unit block fire at Biggera Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett

 

Unit complex in Biggera waters burnt down In a mass of explosions not sure if people made it out . . Hopefully everyone is out safe and uninjured

Posted by Aileen Rowe on Friday, 10 April 2020

 

 

 

Originally published as Mother and child found dead inside burnt out unit


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