HEARTBREAKING JOB: Emergency services personnel attend the Golinski home in Jacaranda Place, Tewantin, on Boxing Day, 2011.
HEARTBREAKING JOB: Emergency services personnel attend the Golinski home in Jacaranda Place, Tewantin, on Boxing Day, 2011. HARRISON Saragossiaap

Christmas tree electrical tragedy killed Golinskis

CHRISTMAS tree lights or a power board are believed to have caused the house fire that killed the family of TV celebrity chef Matt Golinski.

State Coroner Terry Ryan has released his report into the early morning blaze that ripped through Mr Golinski's Tewantin home on Boxing Day, 2011. The fire killed his wife Rachael and the couple's daughters, Sage, Willow and Starlia.

In his report, Mr Ryan said: "The fire was most likely started from an ignition source located on or immediately below the Christmas tree.

"Possible sources include a four-outlet power board, the 240-volt Christmas lights and other electrical equipment close to the tree."

LONG ROAD: Matt Golinski back in the kitchen, and the Golinski twins, Sage and Willow, with mum Rachael and younger sister Starlia.
LONG ROAD: Matt Golinski back in the kitchen, and the Golinski twins, Sage and Willow, with mum Rachael and younger sister Starlia. John Mccutcheon

THE coronial inquiry found that smoke alarms had failed to wake the family and by the time Mrs Golinski had woken, the house was fiercely burning.

Mr Ryan reported that Mrs Golinski ran to get Willow and Sage, both aged 12, from their bedroom at the other end of the house, but the fast-burning fire trapped them in the girls' bedroom.

The inquiry's report also stated Mr Golinski had tried to enter the bedroom of Starlia, 10, but the intense heat prevented him from getting to her.

Mr Golinski, who suffered severe burns, then escaped from the inferno through the back door and out into the driveway before making repeated attempts to re-enter the house to save his wife and daughters.

Firefighters arrived at 4am to Mr Golinski at the front of the house. He was being consoled by neighbours, who said he had made repeated attempts to enter the house.

In his report, Mr Ryan said investigating police ultimately concluded the deaths were a tragic accident.

He also said police believed that if the smoke alarms had been working properly, the deaths could have been avoided.

After considering Mr Golinski's submissions to the inquiry, Mr Ryan concluded he would not hold an inquest into the fire as there was already sufficient evidence to make his findings.



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