Man loses wife and four children in Victorian fire

A man who lost his wife and four children in a horrific house fire yesterday remains in hospital as police and fire investigators try to determine what sparked the inferno.Police today said it may be days before they can interview Aaron Holloway, 31, who was last night in a stable condition in Geelong Hospital, where he was treated for cuts and smoke inhalation.A Victoria Police spokeswoman said investigators were waiting for Mr Holloway’s condition to improve before interviewing him.His wife and four young children died early yesterday as a wall of flame raged through their Clifton Springs home on the Bellarine Peninsula.The blaze – which was fanned by gale-force winds and reduced the weatherboard and fibro-cement home to ashes – claimed the lives of Ash Holloway, 24, her sons Brodie, 3, Thomas, 2, and three-month-old twins Mackenzie and Cooper.Mr Holloway, a truck mechanic, was pulled over a fence to safety by a neighbour after escaping the blazing home.”He’s hurt and he’s in pain,” Mr Holloway’s mother, Debbie, told Channel Nine outside Geelong Hospital yesterday.Yesterday puffs of smoke wafted sporadically as experts sifted through the ashes of what was once a family home. Members of the disaster victim identification team worked alongside the police arson squad.But locals were already grieving for a family they knew.Alfred Terrill, 72, who lives across the road from the burnt-out Jetty Road house, heard a woman’s screams some time after 2am. When he went to investigate, he was stunned by the ferocity of the blaze.”There was a wall of flame and the wind was like a hurricane,” Mr Terrill told The Age.He had previously taken toys to the youngsters and said the family kept to themselves, and that Mr Holloway was a keen fisherman. His charred boat sat beside a scorched car on the ashes of the property.Mr Terrill said the young family had moved to the street about a year ago.The force of the fire and wind blew out windows of the brick-veneer home next door, while embers from the blaze started a small fire in a nearby home later in the day.A neighbour at the rear of the house said the fire was ”going full bore” when he went to see what was going on.”We doused the fence with the hose, but she was fully going and it was blowing a northerly. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life; it was wild,” said the neighbour, who gave his name only as Garry.Friends arrived to see if what they had heard was true in the quiet bayside town, and left weeping in the constant drizzle.”We were all pretty close … we only saw each other last week. She was a nice girl and a good mum to those kids,” one friend said.She said Mr Holloway had suffered a leg injury after he was pulled from the fire, while another woman said he had broken a window to escape.Detective Sergeant John Dimos of the crime department said police would interview him as soon as they were able. The cause of the fire had yet to be determined. theage南京夜网.au
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