Max Chirila’s family visits scene of the fatal Clayfield, Brisbane, house fire


The heartbroken granddad of a little boy killed in a housefire was seen in tears at the scene of the horrific blaze.

Max Chirila, six, was killed inside his family home in Clayfield, Brisbane, about 4am on Monday.

He died just two weeks shy of celebrating his seventh birthday. 

His granddad Paul Chirila and another family member visited the charred remains of the home on Tuesday. 

Max Chirila’s heartbroken granddad Paul Chirila visited the scene of the house fire that killed his six-year-old grandson early Monday morning

Max (pictured with his father Ovidiu Chirila) was killed in a house fire at his Clayfield family home in Brisbane about 4am on Monday

Max (pictured with his father Ovidiu Chirila) was killed in a house fire at his Clayfield family home in Brisbane about 4am on Monday

Max’s parents Karen and Ovidiu Chirila had managed to escape the fire with Max’s four-year-old brother before realising they weren’t able to get back inside the blazing home to save the young boy. 

During his visit, granddad Paul told The Courier Mail the heartbroken family was feeling ‘very, very bad’.

Mr Chirila said he was extremely grateful to the community for the outpouring of support for the mourning family but that ‘it cannot recover the boy, a boy like ours’. 

Max's teary granddad inspected the charred remains of the family home and thanked community members for supporting his mourning family

Max’s teary granddad inspected the charred remains of the family home and thanked community members for supporting his mourning family

Neighbours said they woke to the sound of an explosion and 'deafening screams' on Monday morning when the home erupted into a fireball

Neighbours said they woke to the sound of an explosion and ‘deafening screams’ on Monday morning when the home erupted into a fireball

Video of the tragic fire captured audio of the moment Mrs Chirila realised her son was trapped in the burning home.

‘No! No!’ she’s heard screaming.

‘He’s gone! He’s gone! He’s gone!’

Max's granddad said the family was feeling 'very, very bad' following the six-year-old's tragic death

Max’s granddad said the family was feeling ‘very, very bad’ following the six-year-old’s tragic death

Another distressed family member at the scene collapsed to the ground and cried, ‘Maxie, Maxie, my boy.’

Max’s father was seen being comforted by firefighters as he sat in a wheelchair after he managed to escape the fire on a broken leg.

Neighbours said they were woken by the explosion of the fireball and the sound of ‘deafening screams’. 

The devastated parents also visited their former home on Tuesday morning to see the flowers and handwritten notes left by community members.

Max's heartbroken parents Karen and Ovidiu Chirila as well as their four-year-old son managed to escape the burning home before discovering they couldn't go back inside to rescue little Max

Max’s heartbroken parents Karen and Ovidiu Chirila as well as their four-year-old son managed to escape the burning home before discovering they couldn’t go back inside to rescue little Max

Max's body was found in a bedroom inside the family home just two weeks before he was due to celebrate his seventh birthday

Max’s body was found in a bedroom inside the family home just two weeks before he was due to celebrate his seventh birthday

Friends, family and community members have laid flowers, stuffed animals, and handwritten tributes to little Max and his grieving family

Friends, family and community members have laid flowers, stuffed animals, and handwritten tributes to little Max and his grieving family

Mr Chirila was seen sitting on the footpath outside the home sobbing.

He was holding an Ascot State School hat and a note one of Max’s former classmates had left.

‘Hope you sleep well in heaven Max,’ it read.  

His family has requested privacy while they mourn the tragic death. 

Firefighters battled the blaze for 45 minutes before extinguishing the flames and discovering Max’s body in a bedroom.

He will be remembered by his friends and family as a bright and lovely boy who loved Lego.

Mr Chirila was seen being comforted by firefighters as he sat in a wheelchair after he managed to escape the fire on a broken leg

Mr Chirila was seen being comforted by firefighters as he sat in a wheelchair after he managed to escape the fire on a broken leg

Superintendent Durston said fire crews were 'distraught' after attending the fatal fire

Superintendent Durston said fire crews were ‘distraught’ after attending the fatal fire

Mr Chirila was seen sobbing outside the family home on Tuesday, holding an Ascot State School hat and a note one of Max's former classmates had left

Mr Chirila was seen sobbing outside the family home on Tuesday, holding an Ascot State School hat and a note one of Max’s former classmates had left

Neighbour Jenn Davidson told Nine News Ms Chirila’s devastated screams would stay with her forever. 

‘When she realised she couldn’t go back in to save him, it’s something that I’ll never, ever forget,’ she said.

Another neighbour told The Courier Mail the family had been well-loved in the community. 

A community members cries on Tuesday while visiting the family home where Max was killed

A community members cries on Tuesday while visiting the family home where Max was killed

Max's family and friends left tributes outside the remains of his family home following his death on Monday

Max’s family and friends left tributes outside the remains of his family home following his death on Monday

Friends, family, and classmates visited the Clayfield family home on Tuesday to pay tribute to six-year-old Max

Friends, family, and classmates visited the Clayfield family home on Tuesday to pay tribute to six-year-old Max

‘They’re a lovely local family,’ they said.

‘The flames were metres and metres in the air and then we heard screaming. It was a bit confronting. Really awful.’ 

‘The fireball was metres, and metres, and metres in the air,’ another neighbour said.

‘We heard the screaming and it was a bit confronting, and really awful.’ 

A GoFundMe for the mourning family has raised over $30,000, smashing its target of $10,000.

Two young children looked at the flowers and tributes left for Max Chirila on Tuesday

Two young children looked at the flowers and tributes left for Max Chirila on Tuesday

The page has attracted 350 donors so far, with one person donating $1,000.

‘Early this morning one of our local families lost their home to fire,’ the page says. 

‘An unimaginable tragedy has occurred with the loss of young Max, 6 years old.

‘Hoping to raise as much money as possible to assist the family and show that our community is with them at this terrible time.’ 

Firefighters are still trying to ascertain the cause of the blaze.

It’s understood the fire may have been sparked by a possible electrical fault with charging batteries.

A makeshift memorial has been created by community members outside the Chirila family home including flowers, stuffed animals, and handwritten notes

A makeshift memorial has been created by community members outside the Chirila family home including flowers, stuffed animals, and handwritten notes

A woman left flowers at Max Chirila's makeshift memorial outside his burnt-out family home

A woman left flowers at Max Chirila’s makeshift memorial outside his burnt-out family home

‘The crews did the best they could when they arrived, and we had 26 firefighters here who worked tirelessly to get it under control,’ Superintendent Paul Durston said.

‘The fire developed and gets very hot internally and then the windows fail and all the air comes in and the fire starts to enrage quite quickly.’

Superintendent Durston said fire crews were ‘distraught’.

‘They [the crews] made their way down the hallway to the back of the house where the fire is believed to have started, and then from there worked their way back extinguishing the fire,’ he said.

Firefighters are still trying to ascertain the cause of the blaze however it's understood the fire may have been sparked by a possible electrical fault with charging batteries

Firefighters are still trying to ascertain the cause of the blaze however it’s understood the fire may have been sparked by a possible electrical fault with charging batteries

The burnt-out Clayfield family home where six-year-old Max Chirila was killed early Monday morning

The burnt-out Clayfield family home where six-year-old Max Chirila was killed early Monday morning

Max’s mother and younger brother were treated for minor injuries and father for burns to his hands. 

None of the family members required treatment at hospital.

Queensland Police launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

‘At this stage due to the damage of the house, we haven’t been able to ascertain any cause of the fire,’ Superintendent Durston said.

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