Queensland firefighter Izabella Nash loses her fight for life after factory blaze at Slacks Creek – 7NEWS

Queensland firefighter Izabella Nash loses her fight for life after factory blaze at Slacks Creek - 7NEWS

A Queensland firefighter has lost her fight for life after being critically injured while battling a factory blaze south of Brisbane.

Izabella Nash, 46, has died in hospital overnight on Wednesday, after colleagues pulled her from the fire at a business next to the Pacific Hwy in Slacks Creek about 2am on Tuesday.

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Fellow firefighter Lia Drew remains in a serious condition in hospital with injuries also sustained in the incident.

“The thoughts of all QFES members are with Izzy’s and Lia’s families, friends and fellow crew members,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement on Wednesday.

Nash held the rank of first-class firefighter, having joined QFES in 2014, the authority said.

Queensland firefighter Izabella Nash, 46, died in hospital after colleagues pulled her from a fire. Credit: 7NEWS
Izabella Nash held the rank of first-class firefighter, having joined QFES in 2014. Credit: 7NEWS

“Izzy, as she’s affectionately known in the service, was surrounded by family when she passed away in hospital,” Deputy Commissioner Michael Wassing said.

He revealed that Nash’s partner, Bek, is also a firefighter.

“We extend our sympathy and love to Bek.”

Investigations into the incident continue, with police declaring a crime scene at the site.

Nash’s death is the first fatality in the service for almost thirty years, after a fire at a Honda Showroom in Southport in 1994 claimed the lives of firefighters Noel Watson and Herbie Fennell.

Firefighter Lia Drew remains in a serious condition. Credit: Supplied

On Tuesday, John Oliver from the United Firefighters Union Queensland called for answers on how the two firefighters were injured.

He said the incident has taken an “emotional toll” on personnel.

“Why in this job did two firefighters go down? That’ll be our question,” Oliver said.

“I just want to know what’s happened in this particular instance.”

The fire broke out at a factory in Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane. Credit: 7NEWS

Oliver said the investigation would have to be extensive.

“We’ll look at every aspect of what went wrong, including communication, whether the breathing apparatus failed or not,” he said.

“It will all come out. It’s very early stages at this point.”

High-level firefighters on Wednesday denied the pair’s breathing apparatus failed and said they were in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

They said both women had full tanks of oxygen, and working equipment, when they entered the fire.

Firefighters at a factory fire in Slacks Creek on Tuesday. Credit: Jono Searle/AAP

Wassing said Nash and Drew had gone into an area where “there was intense fire and intense smoke”.

He would not specify the pair’s injuries but said it was “very rare that our firefighters are injured in this way”.

“That’s because of the enormity of the training, the professionalism of our firefighters. Safety is our primary focus,” he said.

“Because of that, we don’t see these sorts of circumstances.

“But we know firefighters on a daily basis put their lives at risk and, in this case, we’ve had two serious injuries.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has labelled Nash’s death a “cruel reminder” of the job’s dangers.

“We must never forget the bravery of firefighters who work to keep us all safe,” he said.

Queensland’s police and emergency services minister Mark Ryan also paid tribute to Nash.

“A tragic time for Queenslanders. So sad to hear of the passing of firefighter Izabella Nash,” he tweeted.

“With Izzy’s passing, Queensland has lost a hero.

“The thoughts of our entire state are with her family, friends and the broader fire and emergency services family.”

Sunrise News Update: May 3, 2023

Sunrise News Update: May 3, 2023

Source: 7news.com.au

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