Two beloved children: Kaden Griffin-Wilson, 3, and his sister Georgia, 8, who lost their lives in the horrific Dunkeld house fire last week. GRIEVING parents Tanya Griffin and Aaron Wilson were comforted by hundreds yesterday evening at a Dunkeld community tribute to their two children who died in a house fire last week.
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“They were the sunshine and light of our lives and we loved them deeply,” the parents said in a brief written statement describing their anguish over the loss of Georgia, 8, and Kaden, 3.

“We cannot convey to you the deep pain and overwhelming feelings of grief, sadness and sorrow at the loss of our two beloved children taken from us tragically on March 23.”

Tributes flowed from the primary school and kindergarten where the children attended as well as the wider community.

A formal funeral service is yet to be arranged. It is expected to be held next week after the Coroner’s Office releases the bodies.

Georgia and Kaden were last seen in their bedroom as fire quickly engulfed the 80-year-old weatherboard farm workers’ house on the historic Devon Park property, about 11 kilometres south of Dunkeld, early Friday morning. Their parents tried frantically to break in through a side door and window but were driven back by the inferno.

Police investigators determined the cause was accidental.

Community groups from the district and as far as Mildura have rallied with offers of support.

Georgia’s classmates at Dunkeld Consolidated Primary School expressed their feelings and memories in writings and drawings, which were compiled into a bound book and presented to her parents.

Principal Pat Gleeson encouraged yesterday’s community gathering to continue helping through tough times.

“I know there is nothing I can say that will fill the hole torn in your hearts, but please know that the support of a strong community is here with you,” he said.

“We all know what hurt feels like, we all know how hard it is to deal with that hurt and we all know how to help each other heal the hurt.

“We all have arms, they are very useful for hugging, we have a shoulder for someone to cry on and we all have a smile like Georgia’s that could brighten someone’s day.”

He described Georgia as a happy, balanced, chatty and gorgeous child — a reflection of a loving family.

“Georgia loved her little brother and spoke of him often,” Mr Gleeson said.

The school community will plant a tree of remembrance in the school garden near Georgia’s classroom and kitchen.

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