Woman frantically calls out triple zero, begging “hurry babies can’t breathe” as 4-year-old twins choke on town hall as they visit father after candle burns lit the room
- Four-year-old twin sisters died of smoke inhalation after their home caught fire
- Older woman treated for shock in ‘multi-occupation’ community
- It is understood that the twins were visiting their father overnight at the commune
- Police are investigating whether a candle was left to burn at home
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Two little girls have died as they visited their father in a remote township west of Byron Bay despite the heartbreaking appeal of a triple-zero woman begging for help.
The four-year-old twins were sleeping near a lit candle atop a piano when the fire suddenly engulfed Nunkeri Multi Occupancy commune in the Goonengerry hinterland.
A woman, who is believed to be unrelated to the girls, made a desperate emergency appeal in the early hours of Sunday saying “hurry up, babies can’t breathe”.
Paramedics arrived around 4 a.m. and the two little girls were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. They could not be revived.
A woman was also treated for shock.
A member of the public reacts by holding a bouquet of flowers outside the house where four-year-old twin girls have died following a house fire
Neighbors laid flowers for the grieving family
Police remain at the scene as they investigate the cause of the fire
The girls’ father is crushed by their deaths and Daily Mail Australia understands the twins were visiting him and their mother was not present.
– I was told that the father was in a bad state. He feels guilty. He’s really shaken up, ”a neighbor told the Daily Telegraph on Sunday afternoon.
“I heard a fire engine go off around 3 a.m. and I knew something was wrong, it’s quiet in here, we don’t sound the sirens.”
The property itself was little damaged, being part of a 20-house commune that has existed in the Byron Bay hinterland for at least 30 years and sits on 100 acres of farmland.
Police are investigating whether a candle was left burning on a piano inside the house overnight.
The two girls were sleeping “close enough” to the piano, police said.
Four-year-old twin sisters both died from smoke inhalation after their home caught fire overnight. The house is in a ‘multi-use’ community on this street, 30 km west of Byron Bay
Horrified neighbors arrived at the house later on Sunday to drop off bouquets of flowers for the family
“People at the scene obviously came in to check and saw what they saw and the police were called,” said Superintendent Dave Roptell, commander of the Tweed-Byron Police District.
“It is incredibly devastating to see… someone die under these circumstances.” But two four-year-old girls is just a tragic set of circumstances.
Detectives will work with fire investigators, who remain at the scene, to determine the exact cause of the blaze.
Horrified neighbors arrived at the house later on Sunday to drop off bouquets of flowers for the family.
A woman held back tears as she left flowers in the mailbox.
A handwritten note was left on one of the bouquets: “Mourning with you. ”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1-800-333,000.
Police are investigating whether a candle was left burning inside the house overnight