Father and two children killed in Queensland caravan explosion

Father and two children killed in Queensland caravan explosion

Three people have died following a gas explosion in Mount Isa in Central Queensland.

The early morning explosion and fire tore though a caravan in the city, with police confirming a 39-year-old man was one of the victims, along with his two children aged four and seven.

Superintendent Russell Miller say the caravan was “totally destroyed” in the blast, which also set fire to a nearby house.

“The explosion was heard across the city from what I’ve heard,” he said.

“Anybody who lives in those areas, we’ll be helping them out, evacuating them out, until we can ascertain that it’s safe to move them around.

Forensic officers from Townsville are heading to Mt Isa to determine what caused the explosion, but its believed it may have been caused by two gas bottles.

The Mayor of Mount Isa, Tony McGrady, says the community will pull together to support those affected.

“This is a terrible blow for any community but when you’re deeply involved yourself it’s a double whammy,” he said.

“My community are a close knit community. We will rally and do all we can to assist.”

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