Published: Wed, February 19, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former NRL player, three children killed in horror vehicle fire

Former NRL player, three children killed in horror vehicle fire

Baxter, a former member of Auckland's New Zealand Warriors squad in Australia's National Rugby League, is being accused of filling a gas can with fuel and dousing the family auto containing his wife and children, and setting it alight, according to multiple Australian news reports.

Police believe Rowan, 42, doused his vehicle with gasoline and set it on fire while his wife, Hannah Baxter, and their three children aged 6, 4, and 3, were inside.

Neighbour Murray Campbell said he heard a number of loud bangs.

Police attend the scene of a auto fire which claimed the lives of Rowan Baxter and his three children in Brisbane, Wednesday, February 19.

"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, it's inappropriate at this stage", he said.

A second onlooker revealed that a man had tried to save the children from the burning auto who had reported: "babies in the vehicle".

"It sounded very much like a gas cylinder explosion", he told AAP.

It has now been reported the couple at the centre of the horrifying incident were Rowan Baxter, formerly of NRL side the New Zealand Warriors, and wife Hannah Baxter.

He said he called triple zero, and did not see anyone run from the auto.

Police are yet to reveal what caused the fire.

"We have another deceased adult male who was known to the children, and we also have a victim suffering extensive injuries that are also known to the children and the adult male". We transported two people away from the scene with burns.

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He added: "If our police officers are saying I can't visually see them at night, that is a problem". Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said Ontarians don't care what their licence plates look like.

"Devastating news out of Camp Hill", Morrison wrote.

A Queensland Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia police were called to Raven Street in Camp Hill at 8.20am on Wednesday morning.

Officials at the scene on Wednesday, discovered a burned vehicle in Brisbane.

Lachlan Amore, 18, has lived in the area his whole life and said the incident was frightening.

Another man who tried to help at the scene was also taken to hospital with facial burns.

"Today is a very sad day", he said.

Earlier Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan briefed parliament about the incident, describing it as a "tragic set of events".

"It will be a horrific thing for police and emergency services to deal with in the coming days", he said.

"Mr Speaker, my thoughts are with all those affected by this awful tragedy", he added.

If you or someone you know needs support for issues about domestic abuse, in Australia you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. If you are in immediate danger call triple zero (000).

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