The two men, close family friends, and the young boy have been remembered as “loving, beautiful” people by their families.
The boy’s mother, whose parents own the rural property, was taken to hospital, where she remained in a serious but stable condition on Monday. The couple have two other young sons who were on Monday being treated for their injuries at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
In a statement released on Monday afternoon, their families requested their names be kept private while they grieve.
“Our families are heartbroken over the tragedy that happened on the weekend, we are still dealing with the devastation in our own time and making sure that those affected have the support and love that is so much needed during this time,” they said.
“We have lost three members of our families to this tragedy, one being a child. Our families need the time to grieve and support those who are affected.
“The people we lost were loving, beautiful members of our families, they were extremely loved and always there for anybody who needed them. We will remember them this way.”
Four children – a girl and boy both aged one, a three-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy – were taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition on Saturday night after they suffered burns and smoke inhalation.
A hospital spokeswoman on Monday afternoon said updates on the children’s condition would be kept private at the request of their family.
Another woman in her 30s was at The Alfred in a serious but stable condition on Monday, while the 33-year-old father of one of the young girls was released from the Northern Hospital.
A man and a woman aged in their 60s, believed to be the owners of the property, were also at the home when the fire took hold.
In the statement, the families said those who were at the property at the time of the fire were “still healing and undergoing treatment in hospital”.
“Our families would like to thank the doctors and emergency services who have and are continuing to help our family,” they said.
“From our families to yours, please take the time to reach out to your families and let them know you love them, make every single moment count.”
Police are not treating the fire at the weatherboard house, located about 100 kilometres north of Melbourne, as suspicious.
A colleague and close friend of the 34-year-old father-of-three who died in the fire said he was “family oriented” and dedicated to his carpentry business, which he started about five years ago.
“He was a top bloke … I spoke to him every day, we would laugh every day. He was easy to talk to,” he said. “We are all in shock still. The whole family are such a loving family.
“We will band together and do whatever we can [to support them],” he said.
A CFA media spokesman said 16 tankers were called to the fire, and it took firefighters about two hours to bring the blaze under control. They remained at the scene until 5am on Sunday.
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Simone is a crime reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Age, and before that for The Australian in Melbourne.
Paul is a reporter for The Age.