A one-year-old girl has tragically died and her mother and toddler brother are being treated for burns after a fire ripped through their small unit in southern New South Wales.

Emergency services were called to the unit on Mowatt Street in Queanbeyan’s East at around 2.45pm on Monday.

Fire fighters report arriving to find the unit “well alight” .

Crews were forced to perform a dramatic rescue after learning a mother and her two children were still inside.

The 22-year-old woman and her three-year-old son were pulled from the burning building with burns and suffering from smoke inhalation.

They were both taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment.

Tragically, the body of the woman’s one-year-old daughter was found inside the unit after the inferno was extinguished.

A crime scene has been established at the address while investigations into the cause of the fire are carried out.

Such a terrible tragedy!

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  • I remember as a child there was a house fire, and a set of twins died. It was shocking never did forget.


  • Very sad,our thoughts and prayers to the family.


  • Heartbreaking.


  • A sad tragedy. They may never find the cause if the property is damaged too badly and collapsed completely. Fire spreads much quicker in small buildings as it has less floor space. It also depends what building materials were used, and if it was insulated what is composition is. Some won’t burn and will actually smoulder a fire out, others will burn like tinder. Sadly finding the cause will not bring the baby back or repair the Mum and son’s physically painful injuries or emotional ones.


  • Oh no! Poor little girl! :-( The fire must have spread out very quickly!


  • So very, very sad. Mother and son will have a long road to recovery ahead of them, and another star in heaven. RIP baby girl.


  • Very tragic indeed… our thoughts and prayers go out to this family !


  • What a tragedy,Another Angel in heaven


  • How terribly sad. Condolences to the family.


  • So very heartbreaking for this poor family. Fly high little angel <3


  • That’s so sad. Rip little one


  • So sad. Just devastating. Even though one child survived, mum will have eternal loss and guilt for the other. I wish mum and son a speedy recovery


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