Woman and three children killed in car fire allegedly started by husband

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Rowan Baxter, a former rugby league player, his wife and their three children died after the dad allegedly set their car on fire in Brisbane.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 7:31 AM
Updated: Feb 20, 2020 7:31 AM

A woman and her three young children have been killed in a car fire allegedly started by her husband who also died in the incident in Brisbane, Australia.

Hannah Baxter, 31, and her family were in a car when 42-year-old Rowan Baxter climbed in and doused it with petrol before setting it alight, according to multiple Australian news reports.

Mrs Baxter jumped from the vehicle and yelled "he's poured petrol on me," according to ABC Australia. She later died of her injuries in hospital.

Baxter, a former rugby league player, had self-inflicted stab wounds and died at the scene.

Police said in a statement they were called to a car fire about 8.30 a.m. local time Wednesday and three children aged six, four and three were found dead inside.

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"Devastating news out of Camp Hill," Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote on Twitter.

"My heart goes out to the families and community going through this tragic time and the emergency responders confronting what would be a shattering scene."

Police said early investigations indicate the woman was driving the car and the man was in the front passenger seat prior to the incident.

She suffered significant burns and was helped out of the vehicle by a man after the fire started. He also suffered burns and was taken to hospital.

The husband and wife ran a fitness company, Integr8, based in Brisbane.

Baxter, who had a stint with the New Zealand Warriors rugby league outfit, later worked as a fitness coach for Australia's National Rugby League, Super Rugby and Australian Football League (AFL) teams.

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