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How You Can Help The Broken Hill Tragedy Family

A fundraising account has been set up to help the family manage funeral costs for a father and two sons.

What you need to know
  • Layne Harvey, 44, and his two sons Jakeb, 22, and Kurtis, 16, all died in a tragic gas accident on Thursday
  • They leave behind mum Cherie and sister Amber
  • A fundraising account has been set up to assist the family with ongoing costs

A fundraising account has been set up to assist a Broken Hill family, which lost a father and his two brave sons in a tragic gas accident on Thursday.

Layne Harvey, 44, was working on a generator in an underground cellar beneath his family’s shed when he was overcome by fumes.

His sons Jakeb, 23 and Kurtis, 16, both entered the cellar to help their father, but also succumbed to the gases.

Despite the efforts of emergency crews who dragged them to safety and performed CPR, all three died.

Kurtis and Jakeb Harvey desperately tried to save their father, before succumbing to toxic fumes themselves. (Image: Facebook)

A bank account has been established to help raise money for the boys’ mother Cherie, and sister Amber.

In a Facebook post, organisers wrote: “Not only has this left the family completely devastated and heartbroken, but a wife/mother with the financial grief and stress of medical bills, funeral costs and more.”

“Hopefully money tins will be around town at whichever local businesses which (choose) to help us support the family. Any donations would be extremely grateful and appreciated to help this family during this distressing time.”

Friends describe the Harvey family as extremely tight-knit, the brothers as “best friends”, and say it’s no surprise they went to their father’s aid.

“That’s the type of family they are. They would have jumped straight down there and tried their hardest to help him out, so at least they’ve gone as heroes,” said friend Jack Burke, after laying flowers outside the family’s front gate on Friday.

The eldest son Jakeb was also the father to a two year old girl.

Jakeb Harvey and his two-year-old daughter. Photo: Facebook.

Police forensic officers are yet to examine the cellar, because toxic gases remain inside it.

“Everyone's either known the people or know of them. It's a tragedy when this happens and everyone can feel it,” said NSW Police Superintendent Michael Fuller.

"It's something people will live with for the rest of their lives."