Details of a family-of-four’s miracle escape from their burning home are revealed after man, 39, is charged with attempted murder – as police say the shocking attack was RANDOM
- Troy Barry Fien, 39, has been charged with attempted murder over a house fire
- A family-of-four narrowly escaped the blaze, with parents pulling daughters out
- Despite the seriousness of the fire, police do not believe Fien had met the family
- Anna MacDonald was taken to hospital with burns, while daughters also treated
- Fire hydrants outside the home were covered with bitumen during road works
- It meant fire crews had to dig into road to access, meaning they did not save unit
A man has been charged over a house fire in Brisbane that saw a mother and father forced to rush into their unit to save their daughters Molly (top) and Isla (bottom) last week
A man has been charged with attempted murder after setting a family’s home on fire as they slept inside – despite police believing he has no links to them.
Anna and Dave MacDonald bravely fought through the flames to rescue their young daughters Molly and Isla from their unit at Coorparoo, in Brisbane’s south-east, about 3am on Thursday.
Mrs MacDonald has been left with severe burns and is likely to be in hospital for the next few months.
After initial inquiries suggested the fire was deliberately lit, police arrested Troy Barry Fien on Saturday and charged him with attempted murder.
But despite the alleged deliberate nature of the blaze Queensland police believe that Fien had never met the MacDonalds, The Courier Mail reported.
Mrs MacDonald’s sister Dearne has created a GoFundMe page for the family and in an emotional Facebook told friends that the family have ‘lost everything’.
Mrs MacDonald’s sister Dearne has created a GoFundMe page for the family and in an emotional Facebook told friends that the family have ‘lost everything’.’As some of you may have seen on the news there was a bad house fire at Coorparoo, it was our darling sister Anna and family,’ she posted.
‘They are all OK with some serious burns. They have lost everything.’
Mrs MacDonald suffered severe burns to her legs in the blaze, while her five-year-old daughter suffered burns to her arm and her three-year-old daughter was treated for smoke inhalation.
Mr MacDonald, 32, suffered minor injuries in the fire.
The family-of four were able to escape out a kitchen window with assistance from a group of neighbours who rushed to help.
As part of the investigation into the fire, police will look into whether fire hydrants on the roadside had been covered by bitumen during recent road works – making them inaccessible to fire crews.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Inspector Rohan Wilschefsk said fire crews had to tunnel beneath the bitumen to access water.
‘The pavement had gone over the top of the fire hydrants so when the crews arrived they were unable to find them or get access to them,’ he told the Courier Mail.
‘It wasn’t until urban utilities came and told where the hydrants were located that we were able to dig them up and get access to those hydrants.
Anna MacDonald and her two daughters were injured when their Coorparoo home went up in flames just after 3am on Thursday morning. Troy Barry Fien, 39, allegedly set the unit on fire and has been charged with attempted murder (Pictured: Emergency services at the scene)
The inferno (pictured) destroyed four properties, leaving several families now homeless
‘We were just lucky enough that everybody go out before we got here.’
Inspector Wilschefsck said crews had to stretch their hoses to other hydrants in neighbouring streets, causing delays.
Despite their best efforts the apartment was completely destroyed, while two other units within the block and an adjacent house were also damaged.
The four families left homeless are being assisted to find accommodation.
Fien, 39, from Wynnum West is due to face court on Monday morning.