Wilf Brown was tragically killed in a house fire in Gore St this morning.
Wilf Brown was tragically killed in a house fire in Gore St this morning. Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily New

Warwick mourns the loss of cricket identity Wilf Brown

UPDATE: MUCH loved Warwick cricket legend Wilfred "Wilf" Brown was tragically killed in a house fire early this morning.

The two other people in the house at the time of the blaze were able to escape.

Warwick Police acting officer in charge Shane Reid said emergency crews received the 000 call just before 2am on Anzac Day.

The Gore St home was well alight by the time police and firefighters arrived.

Police and firefighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Next door neighbours Julie and Kevin Jeffery both reported hearing a loud bang from the back of the house and their dog barking around 1.40am.

Mr Jeffery and his wife ran outside, noticed the house next door was on fire and phoned 000.

"It was a big blaze," Mr Jeffery said.

The couple have lived in their Gore St home for 33 years and had known the Brown family for 25 years.

"We knew them very well," Mrs Jeffery said.

"They were friendly people."

Both said they were shocked and saddened by the news that Mr Brown had not made it out of the house.

Wilf was one of Warwick's Cricket legend and a former Queensland representative player.

The Warwick Cricket Association posted a tribute to the esteemed sportsman on their Facebook page.

"Sad news today on the tragic passing of one of Warwick cricket's "Legends". Mr Wilf Brown was a former state player, administrator, groundsman and much respected Umpire," the post read.

"The association and all its members' thoughts are with his immediate family at this time."

Acting Senior Sergeant Reid it took firefighters several hours to extinguish the blaze.

"When the fire was under control the man was found in the bedroom inside the house," he said.

"From the very initial investigations the fire is not suspicious.

"A full investigation will be conducted and a report will be prepared for the coroner."

UP IN FLAMES: The Gore St home was already well alight when firefighters arrived early on Saturday morning Photo Erin Smith / Bush Telegraph
UP IN FLAMES: The Gore St home was already well alight when firefighters arrived early on Saturday morning Photo Erin Smith / Bush Telegraph Erin Smith

 

Earlier: POLICE are investigating after a house fire claimed a man's life early this morning at Warwick.

Police were called to the Gore Street residence around 2am.

Two other occupants of the home were able to escape to safety.

The man's body was located inside the house.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.

There is no further information at this time.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 


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