Rugby star ‘deliberately kills his three kids and wife by setting car on fire then jumped into flames’

A former rugby star may have carried out a horrific attack on his family after a witness claimed he jumped into his estranged wife's car after setting it on fire and stabbing himself to death.

Rowan Baxter and his young children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey - all aged under ten - were trapped in the car as it erupted in flames as police suggested the fire could have been started 'deliberately'.###

Their mum Hannah, who jumped from the wreckage and was rushed to hospital with "significant burns", succumbed to her injuries and died hours later Queensland police confirmed.

She was heard yelling "he's poured petrol on me" as she "rolled on the footpath in flames", The Australian reported after the ordeal took place at around 8.20pm yesterday in Brisbane, Australia.

Police confirmed the three children tragically perished at the scene of the fire along with ex-New Zealand Warrior Rowan.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson wouldn't be drawn on how the fire was started as it is too early to tell but some reports suggest it may have been started deliberately.

Although a witness has said that they watched the former rugby star jump into the car after setting it alight while his wife was on the school run with their three young children.

Neighbour, Aaron Snell, told the Courier Mail, that Baxter was in 'all manner of states' and jumped into the flaming car to grab a knife as bystanders tried to help.

He claims that the dad-of-three was angry at those trying to save the children trapped in the fire and 'protested to stop putting it out'.

Nine News reports that Baxter died of self-inflicted stab wounds but police would not confirm this and said his body was found outside of the vehicle.

According to the news site, he was also spotted filling up a jerry can with fuel at a local service station before the incident took place.

DI Thompson added: 

How the fire actually occurred has not been ascertained at the moment, so for us to call it a murder-suicide or a tragic accident, it’s inappropriate at this stage.

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