Tree lights may have sparked blaze

DECORATIVE lights on a natural pine Christmas tree may have started the fire that killed Matt Golinski's wife and daughters and left the celebrity chef fighting for his life.

Investigations will examine whether the Christmas lights or candles caused the fatal fire, which is believed to have started in the lounge room of the home.

It is understood at least one witness told police they heard a smoke alarm at the time of the fire about 3.30am on Monday.

However, the alarm may have been "fried" if it was in the same room where the devastating fire ignited.

Yesterday, the Sunshine Coast's criminal investigation bureau chief Daren Edwards said investigators believed the blaze was not suspicious.

"We believe that the fire ... has possibly started accidentally within the house,"Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

Detectives have started interviewing family members of Mr Golinski and his wife Rachel, who celebrated Christmas Day at the Tewantin home.

"Both sides of the family were there in the day and in the night," Snr Sgt Edwards said.

"That's what makes it so much worse.

"Scientific officers and the fire service investigators will continue going through and at least eliminating various possibilities."


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