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Australia Mother dies in hospital after car fire kills three children and father

23:25  19 february  2020
23:25  19 february  2020 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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The Brisbane mother who escaped a car fire that killed her three children , alongside their father , has died from her injuries in a Brisbane hospital . Queensland Police confirmed that Hannah Baxter died at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital early on Wednesday evening as a result of severe burns

The mother of the children, Hannah Baxter, 31, was critically injured in the incident. Queensland police attended the scene about 8.30am where the three children aged six, four and three were found © ABC News?Facebook The three children of Hannah and Rowan Baxter died in the car fire .

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The Brisbane mother who escaped a car fire that killed her three children, alongside their father, has died from her injuries in a Brisbane hospital.

a woman wearing sunglasses talking on a cell phone: Hannah Baxter, pictured with son Trey, has now also lost her life. © Facebook Hannah Baxter, pictured with son Trey, has now also lost her life. a small child sitting on a boat in the water: Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey Baxter all perished in the blaze. © Facebook Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey Baxter all perished in the blaze. Queensland Police confirmed that Hannah Baxter died at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital early on Wednesday evening as a result of severe burns she sustained when the car was engulfed in flames at Camp Hill earlier in the day.

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The 31-year-old had been helped by a Good Samaritan, who also received burns to his face.

The woman's three children – Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey Baxter, aged between three and six – all died, as did their 42-year-old father, Rowan.

Police suggest Ms Baxter was driving the car while Mr Baxter was in the front passenger seat before the blaze.

The ABC reported she allegedly jumped from the vehicle and yelled "he's poured petrol on me", but police were yet to confirm whether the "horrific incident" was a murder/suicide.

The confronting scene shocked emergency workers, who were called to Raven Street just before 8.30am to find the car engulfed in flames.

"I've seen some horrific scenes, this is up there with ... them," Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said near the scene.

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Brisbane mother dies hours after husband and three children killed in car fire . They arrived to find the car fully engulfed with flames. A Good Samaritan who had risked his own life to try and save the children, but found the flames were too intense, was also taken to hospital with burns to the face

The man found dead in a car fire in Brisbane on Wednesday morning, along with three young children , has been identified as former New Zealand Warriors rugby league player Rowan Baxter. Four people died in the incident after a car the family were in was allegedly set alight in Brisbane’s east.

"How the fire actually occurred has not been ascertained at the moment, so for us to call it a murder-suicide or a tragic accident is inappropriate for us to try and do that."

a truck that is driving down the road: The car is removed from Raven Street on Wednesday. © Dan Peled/AAP The car is removed from Raven Street on Wednesday. Friends of Ms Baxter paid tribute to the victims on social media, describing the loss as a "nightmare".

"These beautiful kids will forever be remembered. My heart breaks for you Hannah," one wrote on Facebook.

"She was such an incredible mum, I just can’t fathom that this has happened," another said.

Rowan Baxter once played for the New Zealand Warriors rugby league club in a pre-season match against NRL club the Parramatta Eels. He had previously played as a winger for Bay of Plenty in the New Zealand rugby competition.

Hannah Baxter with her husband Rowan and their children. © AAP Hannah Baxter with her husband Rowan and their children. Photos of the children, including one of Trey with his grandfather on rowing machines, had previously been shared online by the Baxters' business, Integr8 & CrossFit.

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The couple reportedly separated late last year and were attempting to work out custody arrangements. However, they were not involved in any proceedings in the Family Court or Federal Court.

Ms Baxter was a trampolining champion who represented Queensland for four consecutive years.

The couple's Integr8 fitness website described her as "an enthusiastic, passionate mother-of-three".

The website said Mr Baxter had trained AFL, Super Rugby and NRL players.

His Facebook profile featured pictures of the three children, along with comments that he "loves them to the moon and back" and "daddy misses you all".

Five days ago friend Joey Abraham wrote under a photo of Trey: "Chin up brother everything will work out just hang in there my bro alot of people care about you and the situation your facing (sic)."

Emergency services remained at the cordoned-off block into Wednesday evening as the vehicle was towed away and clean-up efforts began.

a teddy bear sitting on top of a grass covered field: Floral tributes and teddy bears placed near the scene. © Matt Dennien Floral tributes and teddy bears placed near the scene. A collection of flowers and plush bears grew on a nearby street corner throughout the afternoon as neighbours and numerous politicians, many holding back tears, visited the site.

One neighbour, who did not give a name, said her husband woke her about 8.30 am when he smelt "burning rubber" from their home two blocks away. She said she heard a helicopter about 30 minutes later.

"We walk our dogs up this street," she said.

Neighbour Murray Campbell heard multiple explosions from his backyard and came running out the front to see the car, which he did not recognise, "engulfed in flames".

"[There were] multiple explosions...ait was very loud, like a gas cylinder exploding. It was every bit as bad as that."

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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