Darling Downs mum-of-two dies trapped in burning house
UPDATE: The house fire which claimed the life of a Darling Downs mother-of-two temporarily reignited overnight.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said a fire crew returned to the scene overnight to put out a spot fire.
Such spot fires reigniting were a regular occurrence after house fires and was dealt with by standard procedure, she said.
Fire investigators completed their inspection of the site Tuesday afternoon and a report is expected to be prepared for the coroner.
The small farming community of Brymaroo today rallied around the family of Melissa Dorries.
The 38-year-old was unable to escape a blaze that destroyed her family's Jondaryan-Nungil Rd home late on Monday night.
She made a desperate 000 call from inside the burning house.
Mrs Dorries' husband Danny, who she married in 2006, was away truck driving at the time.
He raced home from Dinmore and was by his grief-stricken family's side by midnight.
Mrs Dorries' mother-in-law Roanne Dorries struggled to fight back the tears as she described the thoughtful, generous mother-of-two.
"She was just so caring - such a good girl," she said.
"I am going to miss her so much."
Roanne explained how Melissa, who had grown up in the Goombungee area, was always there to help her family, friends and even complete strangers in times of need.
"When her friend lost her house in a fire not that long ago, within hours Melissa was there collecting stuff for her and making sure she was alright," she said.
Investigations will continue tomorrow.
- Wendy Wieck: So sad for our local community. RIP and condolences to family and friends.
- Tricia Peters: RIP lovely lady, we will miss you.
- Karran Simpson: RIP Mel xoxo
- Jodie Sutton: So sad ... prayers for family
- Sandra-Lee Evans: So sorry to hear. Prayers for her family and friends. My she rest in peace.
- Susan Dorries: It is going to be hard for her little daughter Jacklyn and her older daughter Tonya. We are so grateful that she was having a sleep-over. We miss her dearly. RIP beautiful Melissa.
3PM: Toowoomba police have described the victim of a fatal house fire as a woman dedicated to assisting the Brymaroo community.
Darling Downs Detective Inspector David Isherwood said the woman in her 30s had assisted at surrounding house fires.
"From what I've been informed, she was very involved in the community," Det Insp Isherwood said.
"She was always ready to assist other people.
"Apparently there was a fire some time ago and she was the first to arrive on the scene to offer assistance to the family."
The woman called emergency services in relation to the fire at about 9pm last night.
When firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.
Police discovered a body inside the house this morning.
Three other occupants escaped the blaze.
"You would imagine the other family members are very distraught. We've only had very initial conversations with them," Det Insp Isherwood said.
Det Insp Isherwood said he expected investigations to continue until Wednesday.
"There doesn't appear to be suspicious circumstances…but the investigations will be ongoing for some time," he said.
11AM: Police have located a body in a Brymaroo home destroyed by fire, believed to belong to a missing female resident.
There are reports the woman aged in her 30s rang authorities from inside the burning home, telling them she was struggling to get outside.
7AM: There are fears that a woman may have died in a house fire in Brymaroo, west of Toowoomba.
Queensland Police released a statement saying: "A house has been destroyed and a woman is unaccounted for after a house fire in Brymaroo last night."
Police said the fire occurred on Jondaryan-Nungil Rd at around 9pm.
When emergency services officers arrived on the scene, they found the home well alight.
Forensic officers will be travelling to Brymaroo today from Brisbane to examine the scene to determine if anyone was inside, and the cause of the fire.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency spokesman said crews monitored the house for hot-spots overnight.
Crews managed to extinguish the fire at 12.20am.
The crews could not gain entry into the house because it was deemed unsafe.