UPDATE: A MAN who rammed a Brookwater home with a car before setting it on fire has died from horrific burns.

Neil De Graaf, a former love interest of April Laing, rammed his black BMW into her mother's home and poured two canisters of accelerant around the two-storey property before setting it on fire with the family still inside.

Neil De Graaf
Neil De Graaf

Ms Laing, 23, her mother Tracey, 48, brother Shannon, 18, and his girlfriend Casey, 18, were forced to barricade themselves inside an upstairs bathroom to escape the growing flames.

The family managed to ­escape the blaze and get outside. Mr De Graaf set himself alight in the blaze and ­followed the family only to collapse on the front lawn.

The family and neighbours rushed to Mr De Graaf's aid with water and wet towels. He was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and placed in an induced coma, but died last night.

The four inside the home suffered minor burns of "varying degrees" to their arms and lower legs but have all been ­released from hospital.

Acting Inspector Heath McQueen said the family was lucky to escape the fire, which was so fierce the second storey of the home collapsed.

"It's very lucky they have only suffered minor injuries given the gravity of the situation and what has actually happened and the possible ­intent of the person ­involved," he said.

"We are very fortunate that we are not standing here today with a much worse situation.''

A nearby resident told the Queensland Times that he heard loud yelling coming from the residence shortly before the house burst into flames.

"It sounded like a domestic dispute," he said.

"I could clearly hear screaming, I could tell there were females involved and it sounded as though they were in trouble.

"I moved closer to where I thought it was coming from. When I got there I could see the man lying on the ground, not moving.

"Someone was standing over him, hosing him down."

 

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

Anyone who needs to talk to somebody about domestic violence can call DV Connect on 1800 811 811, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 

 

Man severely burned in suspicious house fire dies in hospital

EARLIER: A man who sustained extensive burns as a result of a suspicious house fire in Brookwater, has died in hospital.

At about 7.30pm yesterday, a vehicle crashed through the garage of a residence on Birchwood Cres.

Police and QFES attended the scene after the home became fully engulfed by fire.

The man was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition where he died last night.

A woman also sustained minor burns and was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



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