Community opens its heart to family of infant fire victim
AS THE Toowoomba family who lost their two-year-old son in a house fire tries to cope with the loss, the community has opened its heart.
Two-year-old Brodie Nairn, also known as Brodie Fuller, was tragically killed in the blaze in North Toowoomba on Thursday night, and four children, the aunts and uncles of Brodie, were treated for smoke inhalation.
The home was destroyed with all of the family's possessions inside.
Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield said his organisation had already received donations for the Fullers.
"Certainly we've received a number of offers of assistance today from the community, and also from St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army," he said.
"It's about coordinating those responses to make sure it has maximum impact for family."
Katharine Manning, the aunt of the four surviving children and great-aunt to Brodie, said planning the toddler's funeral had been "horrific".
"They are a bit better today, (but) everyone's very traumatised," she said.
"We're all supporting each other, but not functioning normally.
"There's not much normality.
"We're very much existing at the present."
After losing everything, the family would be especially in need of financial donations, Ms Manning said.
A 15-year-old girl was babysitting the toddler and her three younger siblings, two boys aged 10 and 11 and a girl, 7.
Brodie's mother, Emilee Fuller, had moved out of the family home and had brought her son to visit his grandparents.
Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch acting officer-in-charge Scott Stahlhut said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.
The coroner will prepare a report.
How to donate
- Furniture can be donated to 192A Stephen St and clothing to any Lifeline shop.
- Cash donations will be received at Lifeline's 33 Russell St building during business hours.
- Charlton State School has established a direct deposit appeal - account name C Brown, BSB 014 657, account number 268 524 323