Abbey Forrest, 19, India Sohal, 28, and her daughter Ivy were asleep when a fire devastated a property in Melbourne, Australia, early Wednesday morning
Emergency services had moved to the two-story building in the Cook Point area when it caught fire at 3:40 a.m.
Forty firefighters battled the blaze for nearly an hour, which in just three minutes destroyed the house and damaged two neighboring properties.
Since then, fire and explosives team investigators have arrested a 46-year-old woman who killed Abbey Forrest, India Sohal and her daughter.
She has been charged with three cases of murder and arson that led to her death and police believe one of her parents knows her, reports 9News.
The family had moved into the house just three weeks after the birth of little Ivy, who would have turned three weeks on Friday.
Abbey Forrest’s heartbreaking sister, Emily Forrest, went to the scene of the fire on Friday morning to leave flowers and a toy outside the home.
She told The Age: “This should be the perfect time in your life and now this terrible tragedy has occurred.
“She had the biggest and boldest personality. It was great.
“I will always keep the memories I had with her. She was my only sister. ”
Emily said she was grateful to be able to meet her granddaughter before the tragic accident.
She added: “I got home early from a camping trip and sneaked into the hospital and had a quick visit despite COVID, then we had a family dinner about a year ago. We met everyone last week. I have her cousin and she met ours. son, so it was really beautiful. “”
Emily has since launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral. She describes the family as “beautiful souls” that they would miss very much.
Detective Sgt. Mark Kennedy said neighbors made “brave and heroic efforts” to use a ladder to save the family, but were overwhelmed by the intensity of the flames.
A neighbor involved in the rescue attempt told 7News: “People were yelling, ‘Someone is here. Someone is still there.
“There was a floor-to-ceiling fire. I probably took two or three steps and lo and behold, I couldn’t go any further. “”
Another neighbor, woken up by his smoke detectors, said he saw a woman in the house “out of breath.”
Sergeant Kennedy said the cause of the fire was unclear, but he had been treated as a suspect.
He added: “He is certainly being treated as a suspect, mainly due to the intensity of the fire.
“When the firefighters arrived, they were completely involved.
“The town house was furious, especially up front and up. with accidental fires that normally don’t happen. ”
According to 9News, the woman accused by the police is expected to return to court in March.