Tributes flow for Valley man after deadly blaze

David Laird, 70.
David Laird, 70.

UPDATE 3.45PM: Tributes are flowing for a Lockyer Valley man who passed away in hospital this morning after a devastating fire tore through his home last night.

David Laird, 70, is being remembered as a cheerful and friendly man with a keen interest in registered dog breeding and training circles.

A former police officer, records show Mr Laird was one of the first members of the Queensland Police Service to begin working and training with the dog squad in the late 1970s.

From there, he furthered his passion for dog breeding first with Labradors before most recently with smaller breeds.

Mr Laird was a regular at dog shows with his Tibetan spaniels after breeding Labradors for 40 years, and had earned a reputation for his keen eye when judging breed classes at shows around the region.

For those who knew him, Mr Laird's death comes at a shock after he recently underwent surgery and was recovering at his Churchable home with his daughter by his side.

Tragedy struck last night when soon after 11.30pm a fire broke out inside his two-storey home on Main Green Swamp Rd.

Authorities were alerted to the blaze about 11.58pm when Mr Laird's daughter managed to escape the inferno uninjured.

Mr Laird was pulled from the home and airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where he was placed in an induced coma overnight with severe burns to 90% of his body.

He died in hospital early this morning.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire which is not being treated as suspicious.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

A man, 70, has died in hospital after a devastating fire at his Churchable property last night.
A man, 70, has died in hospital after a devastating fire at his Churchable property last night. Nine News Brisbane

9.50AM: Police are investigating the cause of a deadly house fire in the Lockyer Valley last night which claimed the life of a 70-year-old man.

Forensic officers remain at the Main Green Swamp Rd property in Churchable where they are working to determine how the blaze took hold in the two-storey home which was destroyed.

It is not being treated as suspicious.

The man, 70, died in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital early this morning where he had been put in an induced coma following an urgent airlift from his semi-rural property late last night.

Initial investigations suggest the fire was reported to authorities shortly before midnight.

Police declared the property a crime scene in an urgent application before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning as scientific officers probe the scene.

The man's daughter, who had been caring for the man, escaped the fire unharmed.

UPDATE 8.05AM: A man who suffered critical burns in a Lockyer Valley house fire last night has this morning died in hospital.

The man, 70, suffered burns to 90% of his body in the fire that broke out about 11.30pm at his semi-rural property on Main Green Swamp Rd.

He was rushed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition where he was placed in an induced coma.

He died early Saturday morning.

Police have secured a crime scene warrant through an urgent application in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning to begin investigations into the deadly blaze.

The man's daughter who is understood to have been caring for him escaped the fire uninjured.

Police and forensic officers remain at the scene where the two-storey home was destroyed.

A man, 70, has died of injuries suffered in a devastating house fire at Churchable in the Lockyer Valley last night.
A man, 70, has died of injuries suffered in a devastating house fire at Churchable in the Lockyer Valley last night. Nine News Brisbane

4.41AM: A 70-year-old man has sustained life-threatening injuries in a house fire at Churchable in the Lockyer Valley last night. 

Emergency services were called around 11.58pm to a house fire at a Main Green Swamp Road property. 

He fled but was seriously injured.

He was treated at the scene before being flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where he is in a critical condition. 

A female occupant who was also inside at the time escaped injury.

The house is currently under police guard as detectives, forensics and scenes of crimes officers investigate the scene. 



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