THE Cobar community has rallied together to support a local family devastated by the tragic loss of a two-year-old girl in a Monday night house fire.
A woman and her four- year-old son managed to escape the Morrison Street blaze but the body of her two year-old daughter was later located inside the burnt home.
A community fund has been started by Cobar Shire Council mayor Lilliane Brady to help support the local family.
Police continued to investigate the scene of the tragedy yesterday after beginning to hunt for clues overnight.
Darling River Local Area Command (LGA) Superintendent Greg Moore yesterday said local police would do their best while investigating the cause of the fire and support the family in any way they could.
“I have just come back from the hospital and spoke to the parents, they are obviously distraught,” he said.
“Understandably close family and friends are numb with the shock of the tragedy.”
News of the tragedy reached Ms Brady early on Monday morning.
“It is a sad day, there is no rhyme or reason to why it happened,” she said.
“It tears the community apart but thank God we are such a wonderful community.”
About 12 years ago another young life was claimed in a Cobar house fire.
“It is the second time this has happened when I have been mayor,” Ms Brady said.
The community mayoral fund will be open to donations from the public for two to three weeks.
“People will [donate]... that is the sort of town we are,” Ms Brady said.