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Ex-NRL star Rowan Baxter dies alongside three kids in Brisbane car fire tragedy

A man who died alongside three children under the age of 10 in a horrific car fire has been identified as a former NRL player.
A man who died alongside three children under the age of 10 in a horrific car fire has been identified as a former NRL player.

Rowan Baxter, who played for the New Zealand Warriors, died in the car fire in the Brisbane suburb of Camp Hill on Wednesday, the Daily Examiner reported.

A witness reportedly heard a woman scream “he’s poured petrol on me” after leaping out the burning car.

Police were called to Raven St in Camp Hill about 8.30am after receiving reports of a car on fire.

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Rowan Baxter and his three children.
Rowan Baxter and his three children.Source: Facebook
Multiple people, including children, have been confirmed dead. Picture: Nine News/Channel 9
Multiple people, including children, have been confirmed dead. Picture: Nine News/Channel 9Source: Channel 9

Three children under 10 and a man who was known to them died as a result of the incident, with the ABC reporting the car was allegedly set alight.

A fifth person, a woman, was taken to hospital with “extensive injuries”, police said this morning.

The Courier Mailreports Baxter was in a custody dispute with his wife, Hannah.

“On arrival, police and emergency services have identified five people that were involved in the fire inside the vehicle. I can confirm that we have three deceased children under the age of 10 in the vehicle,” Detective Inspector Mark Thompson told reporters at the scene.

“We have another deceased adult male who was known to the children, and we also have a victim suffering extensive injuries that are also known to the children and the adult male.”

Rowan Baxter owned a CrossFit gym in Brisbane.
Rowan Baxter owned a CrossFit gym in Brisbane.Source: Supplied

After a brief career with the Warriors, Baxter transitioned into a career as a fitness coach in Brisbane.

He worked with Super Rugby and AFL clubs in Australia before he founded a CrossFit gym in Brisbane’s south with his wife.

“During the last 4 years a lot of my methodology is based and inspired by Ido Portal, a movement specialist and a true innovator,” Baxter says on the website of his gym, Integr8fit. In the Integr8 Movement class we start off with the basics and teach you not only the technique but help you improve your mobility.”

More to come.

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