The Courier-Mail

Son dead, mum crit­i­cal in tragic fire HE­ROES RAN TO SCREAMS

- SAM PHILLIPS BRIT­TANY VONOW

THE pierc­ing sound of chil­dren scream­ing as flames filled their small unit com­pelled four men to risk their lives and run into the fire that claimed the life of a three-yearold boy and left his mum in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Po­lice have re­fused to rule out that the fire, which left Crys­tal Cartledge crit­i­cally in­jured and her three-year-old son Baileigh dead, may have been lit de­lib­er­ately.

Kar­lyn Hosk­ing, the aunt of Baileigh, said Ms Cartledge, a mother of five, was de­voted to her fam­ily.

“I just need prayers for my sis­ter,” she said.

Baileigh was pro­nounced dead at the scene of Sun­day night’s fire, while his mother was last night be­ing treated with burns to 90 per cent of her body at the Royal Bris­bane and Women’s Hos­pi­tal.

Four men, who lived in units nearby, risked their own lives try­ing to save the fam­ily of five trapped in­side, punch­ing through glass and run­ning through the flames to try to save the chil­dren.

Baileigh was the only per­son not to make it out of the fire alive.

Dane Wal­lace was one of the men who rushed to help. He said he was alerted to the inferno by the sound of chil­dren scream­ing.

“I was in­side watch­ing some TV and heard screams, so I woke my part­ner up and told her to call triple zero and then I went down to see if I could help out,” he said.

Along with Mr Wal­lace, Bren­dan Tans­ley, Ben Pugh and a man who wished to be known only as Isaac were the first to re­spond.

In­spec­tor Glen Point­ing said po­lice were yet to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire.

“Ev­ery fire is sus­pi­cious un­til we de­ter­mine oth­er­wise – es­pe­cially when there’s a fatality – we treat ev­ery scene in that man­ner,” he said.

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 ??  ?? BLAZE: Crys­talC­tal Cartledge (main) with daugh­ter Veronika-Rose; lit­tle Baileigh, who died in the fire; the unit; and (left) Dane Wal­lace, who bravely en­tered the fire.
BLAZE: Crys­talC­tal Cartledge (main) with daugh­ter Veronika-Rose; lit­tle Baileigh, who died in the fire; the unit; and (left) Dane Wal­lace, who bravely en­tered the fire.

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