The landlord of the Russell Island home where a father and his five children were killed in a ferocious blaze has been charged.

The 61-year-old woman from Tweed Heads has been issued a notice to appear on “one count of owners must install smoke alarms”.

“It will be alleged the woman is the owner of the property and was not present when the fire occurred,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

“It will be further alleged the house did not have compliant smoke alarms”.

The blaze erupted in August last year, trapping Wayne Godinet and his five sons, aged between 11 and 3, inside.

The children’s mother, 28-year-old Samantha Stephenson, and her sister managed to escape the inferno.

The Tweed woman will front Cleveland Magistrates Court on March 26.


Detectives are continuing to investigate the fire, with a final report expected to be submitted to the Coroner “in the near future”.

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