A mother has been charged with the murder of her three children after they perished in a house fire in the West Australian town of Port Hedland.
A 10-year-old girl and two boys, aged seven and five months, were found dead inside the Anderson St property by firefighters who responded to the blaze on July 19.
Their mother, Margaret Dale Hawke, 36, has been charged with three counts of murder and one count of criminal damage by fire.
She has been refused bail by police and will face Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Hawke was hospitalised at Hedland Health Campus after the fire before being flown to Perth for further specialist treatment.
The blaze has sent shockwaves through the community of Port Hedland, in WA's Pilbara region.
We've had a devastating week in Port Hedland. Being the only reporter who lives in town seemed to make it extra heavy. But I have been OVERWHELMED with texts, calls and emails from incredible friends and colleagues offering support. It's really been incredible. pic.twitter.com/2OxUtxGsHF
— Michelle Stanley (@michlstan) July 24, 2022
Support services are being provided in the town by government agencies.
In a statement on Friday evening, the Hawke family said it was going through a "very traumatic grief process" and asked for their privacy to be respected.
"We are quietly paying tribute to our 3 little angels, and just supporting each other at this time," they said.
"Please let us do this without adding to our grief."
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