Tributes and donations pour in for Weranga family
TRIBUTES have poured in over social media after the tragic loss of a four-year-old boy in a Weranga house fire on Tuesday night.
The fire started at roughly 8pm, with Nathan Perry, 34, and his two sons Blade, 4 and Jeremy 3, inside the building.
Fire crews battled the blaze for more than an hour, while LifeFlight helicopters had to be called in from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
All three were flown to Brisbane hospitals with severe burns.
Blade died from his injuries on Wednesday afternoon, with his brother Jeremy still in a critical condition.
Their father Nathan is in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a stable condition with burns predominately to his arms.
A GoFundMe page was set up by Tara woman Lisa Jenner and many have offered their donations and tributes.
The aim of the page is to raise funds to assist with, "medical bills, living expenses and replacing the family house and contents that have all been destroyed”.
Cheryl Naughton commented on the page describing Blade as, "an awesome young man” and said she was proud to have known him.
More than $1100 had been donated to the page in the first 24 hours and at the time of writing the figure had jumped to $4777.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was saddened when he heard the news.
"It is difficult to put into words the emotion of it all, but my condolences go out to the family,” Cr McVeigh said.
Emergency services are still investigating the cause of the fire.
Dalby's Acting Fire Inspector Cameron Ashmore said initial investigations found the house did not have any smoke alarms.
He also said both children were asleep when the fire broke out.