Former local SES hero killed in Brisbane house inferno
THE Whitsunday State Emergency Service has been "shattered" by the sudden death of a committed member in a house fire in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Graeme Thomson and his former partner Ros were killed in a suspected double murder suicide in a Brisbane suburban home.
Whitsunday SES controller Mark Connors said the loss of Mr Thomson would be felt across the region and within the SES, and described him as a fun loving Aussie larrikin.
"So hard to believe that his smile, his mad humour and endless positive energy is no longer with us," Mr Connors said.
"Everything was going so well and then this occurs."
Mr Connors said his surviving daughter wanted the community to know just how proud she was of her father and what he had achieved in the Whitsundays.
"He turned the Airlie Beach Group into an active, fully functional team that felt very much like a family. We are going to miss him on many levels."
Mr Thomson's son allegedly killed himself and his parents by setting a home on fire, with neighbours saying they heard a woman scream as the house burned.
Two onlookers reportedly tried to help the Brisbane home's occupants, but were beaten back by flames that reached four storeys high.
Neighbours said they heard a loud explosion and could smell fuel as the fire took hold around dawn on Tuesday.
Police suspect the deaths were a double murder-suicide and resulted from a domestic dispute between drug-addicted Dylan Thomson, 24, and his parents Graeme and Ros, the Courier Mail reports.
Emergency services responded to call in Everton Hills at around 5.30pm and found a house "engulfed in flames", said Queensland Police. The bodies of two men and a woman were removed from the home and a crime scene was established.
Dylan and his mother lived in the rented house and Mr Thomson had recently travelled to Brisbane from the Whitsundays to try to reconnect after he and Ros separated a decade ago, according to the Courier Mail. It's believed the family were once Cannonvale residents.