Matt Golinski will appear at Lake Wivenhoe this weekend for the Australia Day celebrations.
Matt Golinski will appear at Lake Wivenhoe this weekend for the Australia Day celebrations. Luka Kauzlaric

Golinski fire: Christmas lights or power board 'likely cause'

A HOUSE fire that killed the wife and three daughters of celebrity chef Matt Golinski is likely to have been started by Christmas tree lights or a power board, Queensland's Coroner has found.

The blaze had ripped through the home by the time firefighters arrived in the early hours of Boxing Day in 2011.

Coroner Terry Ryan concluded: "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 240V Christmas lights and other electrical equipment close to the tree."

His report revealed smoke alarms had failed to raise the family and by the time Mr Golinksi's wife Rachael awoke, the Tewantin home on the Sunshine Coast, was engulfed in flames.

Read more on the ABC.


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