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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