Forensic officers inspect the burnt wreckage of a Jaguar car owned by Sam Matthews’ late father Steve. It is believed Sam was working on the car at his property in Murphys Creek when a fire started. Sam Matthews would have turned 21 next week.
Forensic officers inspect the burnt wreckage of a Jaguar car owned by Sam Matthews’ late father Steve. It is believed Sam was working on the car at his property in Murphys Creek when a fire started. Sam Matthews would have turned 21 next week.

Flood hero dies in fire

FLOOD hero Sam Matthews, 20, made two 000 calls for help before he died in a fire at Murphys Creek.

Mr Matthews saved the life of his sister Victoria, 16, but lost both his parents in the January floods.

Mr Matthews was at a property he had recently purchased in Green Gully Rd at Murphys Creek on Wednesday evening.

It is believed he was working on his father’s Jaguar car when the fire started.

He made two 000 calls for help, firstly to say a car was on fire and secondly to say the fire had spread to grass, at 5.30pm.

Firefighters arrived to find two cars, a shipping containing and grass on fire.

They discovered Mr Matthews’ body lying on the ground near the shipping containing after extinguishing the fire at 6.20pm. The cause of the fire is unknown.

On January 10, Mr Matthews, Victoria and their parents Steve, 56, and Sandy, 46, were together when the torrent of water tore through their Spring Bluff home.

Mr Matthews pushed Victoria up into the ceiling before climbing up himself. Their parents were washed away moments later.

Siblings Sarah Norman, Daniel Matthews and Victoria Matthews, requested privacy and issued a statement through the Hannah’s Foundation charity yesterday.

“We would like to thank the members of the community for their messages of support and well wishes and outpouring of grief for our brother Sam.

“This year we have suffered so much tragedy in such a short period of time and our grief for our family is extremely overwhelming.”

Hannah’s Foundation has been supporting the family.

Foundation chief executive officer Andrew Plint said they had been working with Mr Matthews since March to finalise arrangements for a gifted house to be moved to his block of land.

“(We) pay tribute to a fine young man, who displayed courage, bravery and initiative in the face of so much tragedy,” Mr Plint said.

“(Wednesday’s) tragic accident has provided further devastation to the family, the community and the Lockyer Region who have survived so much this year.

“I have little doubt that the community will rally behind and support the Matthews family and friends over the coming weeks, months and years to come.”


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