Family mourns son lost in house fire


The parents of a toddler who died on his second birthday when a fire tore through their Beenleigh home say their other children keep asking where their brother is.

Belinda and Jared Warwick returned to the scene this morning and bravely spoke of their love for the little boy.

James Bullock reports.

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This morning there were scenes of heartbreaking despair in a Beenleigh street.

A family in mourning for their two-year-old boy who had been celebrating his birthday.

The fire late yesterday gutted the family home.

The toddler’s mother escaped with the other four children but was unable to reach her youngest son, Roman, in a back room.

Belinda Warwick, Mother: “It was his birthday yesterday, he just turned two. He was the most beautiful, kind hearted, loved to dance.”

Belinda Warwick returned to Kokoda street with friends as investigators worked in the the charred house.

The local community is grieving with her.

Pam Parker, Logan Mayor: “And hearts go out to the family, to lose a child on his second birthday is an absolute tragedy.”

The family lost almost everything and now others are coming to their aid.

Louie Naumovski, Logan House Fire Support Network: “Obviously they escaped with the clothes on their backs, so we got them clothes, got them dinner, and we put them in a motel.”

While the scene behind me looks bleak, the community is rallying behind the Warwick family.

A home has already been found, and floods of flowers and gifts have been arriving from local residents.

There are unconfirmed reports that the fire may have been caused by a child playing with matches.

Donations to help the family can be made through www.givit.org

James Bullock, QUT News.


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