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Nationwide Grief For Two Young Tasmanian Fire Victims, Aged 10 And 13

The tragedy happened near Launceston

Nationwide Grief For Two Young Tasmanian Fire Victims, Aged 10 And 13

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Relatives, friends and strangers from across Australia are rallying to support a Tasmanian family after the tragic deaths of two young sisters in a fire.

Shanzel and Ruby Brewer, 10 and 13, were found dead yesterday morning after authorities extinguished a blaze engulfing the shed where they were sleeping at a property near Launceston.

Initial investigations suggest a power cord leading into the shed caused the fire, with forensic teams had completing their work at the site today.

Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol told reporters fire scene examiners had left the scene after gathering evidence, pointing to heating and electrical faults as investigators finalised a report for the coroner.

He also urged the installation of smoke detectors.

"Ninety-six per cent of households in Tasmania have smoke alarms," he said.

"But it is important that they are maintained and checked annually."


The girls' father Clifford Brewer shared a heartfelt social media post giving an insight into the family's grief.

"I will always love yous two girl yous was the best thing that ever happened to me (sic)," he wrote on Facebook.

Mr Brewer's nephew Jason Wells has started a fundraising campaign to help with covering funeral costs for the two girls.

"While the family have other kids to support, and with funerals plans approaching fast, every little donation will help," he wrote.

"Lets get behind this beautiful family and help bring others together for this sad accident."

The tragedy has taken Tasmania's fire toll to three in just four days, after a non-suspicious house blaze at the northern township of Railton on Wednesday killed an elderly woman.