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Ex-Warriors player Rowan Baxter and his three children dead after car fire on street in Camp Hill, Brisbane

Brisbane man Rowan Baxter and his three children — all aged under 10 — die after the car they were in was allegedly set on fire in Raven Street, Camp Hill this morning.
Hannah and Rowan Baxter with their three children.

Brisbane man Rowan Baxter and his three children — all aged under 10 — have died after the car they were in was allegedly set on fire in Raven Street, Camp Hill this morning.

Key points:
  • Hannah Baxter is in hospital with critical injuries
  • Rowan Baxter and his three children died in the incident
  • A passer-by tried to help the people in the car escape

The mother of the children, Hannah Baxter, 31, was critically injured in the incident.

The ABC understands Ms Baxter jumped from the vehicle and yelled "he's poured petrol on me".

Queensland police attended the scene about 8.30am where the three children aged six, four and three were found deceased inside the vehicle.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said it was not known if an accelerant was used to start the fire.

The three children of Hannah and Rowan Baxter, float on a surfboard in the water at a beach.

"We have three deceased children under the age of 10 in the vehicle," he said.

"We have another deceased male, who was known to the children."

Police said their preliminary investigations indicated Ms Baxter was driving the car and Mr Baxter, 42, was in the front passenger seat prior to the incident.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson speaks to media at the scene.

Detective Inspector Thompson said Ms Baxter was taken to hospital with critical injuries, including burns.

"It is a horrific scene," he said.

He said there were "other areas of interest", with Detective Inspector Thompson anticipating that other crime scenes would be declared.

Residents reported hearing explosions
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"How the fire actually occurred has not been ascertained at the moment.

"For us to call it a murder-suicide or a tragic accident, it's inappropriate for us to try to do that.

"That's exactly what we're investigating, what exactly happened today."

A car was allegedly set alight in Camp Hill with people inside.

Rowan Baxter was a former New Zealand Warriors NRL player.

According to the website of a gym Mr Baxter ran with his wife at Capalaba, he had more than 20 years experience in the sport and fitness industry.

'He tried his best to get to the car'

Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Adrian Tong said a passer-by tried to help those in the car escape.

"Somebody did step in to try and help that was close by," Mr Tong said.

"I think he tried his best to get to the car."

An orange tarp covers the burnt out car, which is surrounded by police tape.

The man received minor burns to his upper body and face that were not life-threatening.

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Mr Tong said the woman had severe burns to a significant part of her body.

"We secured her airway on scene and she was transported, lights and siren, to [hospital]," he said.

Seven ambulances were at the scene as well as more than 30 police officers.

Crews that attended the scene have been stood down and will be debriefed.

"The first crew that arrived on the scene were confronted with a car fire," Mr Tong said.

"We did all we could, but it was confronting."

Tributes of toys and flowers in the street where Brisbane man Rowan Baxter and his three children died in a car fire.

Camp Hill resident Murray Campbell said he was at home when he heard the car explode.

"I was out the back and came running down the side and ... the rest is history," he said.

"Not nice."

Phil Patane stands in street posing for camera.

Phil Patane said he raced to the scene to check on his parents who are residents of the street.

He said they were distressed.

"Oh it's just devastating really. You wouldn't think it would happen here in this street."

Authorities on the Camp Hill street where the car was allegedly set alight.

Lachlan Amore, 18, has lived in the area his whole life and said the incident was frightening.

"It's really really scary. You wouldn't expect it," he said.

"I've been here my whole life and I wouldn't expect anything from here. It's just frightening. Just really frightening."

A house at Carindale registered to the Baxter family has been cordoned off by police as a place of interest.

A doll and a bunch of flowers near the front of a house marked off with police tape
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