Firefighter tragically dies hours after battling a horrific factory blaze in Brisbane – as police launch a crime investigation
A female Fire and Rescue Service firefighter has died overnight following a factory fire at Slacks Creek, Brisbane early yesterday morning.
Izabella Nash died after entering the inferno with two colleagues about 2.30am on Tuesday before the three were all feared missing in the flames.
Her two fellow firies were found and pulled from the flames but it is believed Ms Nash ran out of oxygen, amid fears her breathing apparatus failed.
She is understood to have fallen unconscious inside the blazing building before being discovered and carried out by other firefighters.
A second firie, senior Firefighter Lia Drew, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition, suffering burns and smoke inhalation.
The third firefighter escaped with minor injuries from inhaling smoke.
An investigation has now been launched into the condition and operation of Ms Nash’s breathing apparatus, while a probe is also underway into the cause of the fire.
Ms Nash joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 2014 and served as a First Class Firefighter.
‘The thoughts of all QFES members are with Izzy’s and Lia’s families, friends and fellow crew members,’ said a QFES spokesman.
Investigations into this incident are underway.
More to come
Fire crews were called to Pacific Highway at Slacks Creek in Brisbane’s south at about 2.20am overnight following reports a pool maintenance warehouse was engulfed in flames (pictured)
Authorities declared the fire under control just after 6am but multiple crews and three senior officers remained on scene, with police declaring the area a crime scene (pictured)
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing (pictured, damaged building at Freedom Pools, at the scene of a factory fire in Slacks Creek)