Twin girls huddled together holding hands as they were killed in a ferocious house with their devastated mother powerless to save them after she was locked outside.
Aisha and Lailani died inside their family’s housing commission home at the the apple growing town of Batlow, in southern NSW, on Monday in a tragedy that has left the tight-knit community reeling.
The twins playfully locked the door behind their mother.
Within four minutes flames soared four-metres high, engulfing the house as Ms Ford and neighbours desperately tried to force their way inside the home.
Police said Ms Ford and her and five-year-old son Dominic could do nothing but watch from the footpath.
The sisters, who are believed to have died from smoke inhalation, were found unconscious and holding hands in the front room.
Riverina Police District Commander Bob Noble said Strike Force Edmondson would be investigating the tragedy and police had an ‘open mind’ about how it unfolded.