A four-year-old boy who tried to protect his little siblings from a devastating shed fire has died in hospital.
Isaac McGregor was playing with his sisters Mavis, six, and Ashlynn, 18 months, and his three-year-old brother Saige in the garden shed at their family home in Corio, southwest of Melbourne, on Saturday morning when a couch caught fire.
His mother, Jasmine Beck, 26, ran outside and tried to push the couch away and save all four children.
She found Isaac, her eldest son, using his small body to protect his little brother and sister from the flames.
Unfortunately, Saige and Ashlynn died at the scene of the accident. Isaac and Mavis were taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition, accompanied by their father Kane McGregor.
They were taken to intensive care with life-threatening burns to about 80 percent of their bodies.
On Wednesday, a close friend confirmed this GoFundMe that Isaac “grew his wings and reunited with his little brother and sister.”
A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed the tragic news.
Isaac McGregor tried to protect his little siblings from a devastating shed fire. He died in hospital on Wednesday
Isaac McGregor (right) tried to save the lives of his little siblings Saige (left) and Ashlynn (center).
Pictured: The shed where two children, Ashlynn and Saige, died on Sunday morning. Two were critically injured
“He will always be remembered as the heroic little boy who gave his life to protect his siblings,” the update said.
“We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all the donations and support.” “This community is absolutely incredible.”
His death came just hours after his father, Mr McGregor, told television reporters he “couldn’t be prouder” of his eldest son.
“She (Mrs Beck) said that when she finally moved the couch and grabbed Mavis first, Isaac huddled the other two under him so they wouldn’t burn, as if he had stayed there until he died himself,” he said on Tuesday to reporters.
“They revived him and flew him [to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital].
“I really couldn’t be prouder of him.”
Jasmine Beck is pictured with her four children: Mavis, six, Isaac, five, Saige, three, and Ashlynn, 18 months. Three are now dead
Kane McGregor’s (pictured) youngest children – Saige, three, and Ashlynn, 18 months – died when a couch caught fire
The father, holding back tears, added: “What four-year-old crouches over his two little siblings?”
Mr McGregor was not at home at the time of the accident.
“As I was leaving, Isaac ran up to me and cuddled and kissed me,” he said.
“An hour later I get the call… I didn’t even bother, I’m just here with the other two.”
Victoria Police said Monday afternoon that investigators from the Fire and Explosives Unit were investigating the incident. They continue to treat it as non-suspicious.
Police Inspector Emma Bartel said on Sunday that neighbors tried to save the children before emergency services arrived.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.