‘Parents were shouting’: Four children, including a one-year-old girl, have tragically been killed in a Melbourne house fire overnight.
Four small children, including a one-year-old girl have been killed in a horrific blaze in Melbourne’s west overnight.
Victoria Police described the tragedy as a “terrible set of circumstances”, which claimed the lives of two boys, aged 10 and three, as well as two girls, who were only six and one.
“Unfortunately, four children were found deceased inside that premises,” Detective Senior Sergeant Ashley Ryan said.
The parents of the children and an eight-year-old managed escape the fire in Werribee, which police said started at about 1am.
Neighbours described to reporters the harrowing sound of parents screaming that their children were inside the house as the fire raged.
“It was like the whole house is a bonfire sort of thing,” one neighbour told ABC News.
“The whole house was on fire, the roof was collapsing, there was collapsing noises.
“The parents were shouting, not able to go in.”
CFA Commander David Clancy told reporters the blaze was “very tragic” and had extended through the house on Mantello Drive by the time fire crews arrived.
“Firefighters had a fairly arduous task to try to undertake the fire fight and were unable to conduct an internal attack due to the heat of the fire,” he said.
“Four young children perished in the fire.”
A lieutenant from the Werribee Fire Brigade, Damien Molloy, said the roof of the home had collapsed by the time crews arrived, and they had no chance to control it given the intensity of the blaze.
“The distress of the parents and the eight year old it was very difficult to get accurate information early on to be able to focus our search areas initially externally and then internally,” he told reporters.
The father of the family, 45, was rushed to hospital with serious smoke-related injuries, while the mother, 38, and an eight-year-old were also in hospital being treated for smoke inhalation and a minor injury, respectively.
The exact cause of the blaze is not yet known with arson and explosive detectives still examining the scene.