Mother dead after suspicious Christmas Day house fire

A WOMAN is dead and two children are fighting for life in hospital after a tragic house fire on Christmas Day in Brisbane.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at Oakmont Ave, Oxley shortly before 6pm to find the home well ablaze.

Queensland Fire and Rescue officer Brett Finnis said investigations are underway to determine the cause of the blaze.

"It was quite a significant and intense blaze," Mr Finnis said.

"We will have fire investigators in conjunction with police examine the scene and conduct the investigation.

"It is absolutely tragic."

Mr Finnis praised the efforts of an off-duty firefighter who was the first on the scene.

The tragedy could have been much worse if not for his brave actions.

"He immediately went to their aid," he said.

"He assisted neighbours to erect an extension ladder with the intention to conduct a rescue from the second level.

"Unfortunately he was beaten back by heat and smoke and suffered smoke inhalation.

"The actions of our off-duty firefighter were absolutely commendable."

Queensland Ambulance staff transported a boy, 8, and girl, 15, to hospital with severe burns.

Both children remain in hospital in induced comas.

It is understood the children's father was away with work at the time and is being comforted by family and friends.

Emergency services said the collapse of the house was preventing them removing the body of the 46-year-old woman, believed to be the children's mother.

The fire is being treated as suspicious.

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