Byron Bay commune fire: Mother of twin girls who died in Goonengerry while ...

Byron Bay commune fire: Mother of twin girls who died in Goonengerry while ...
Byron Bay commune fire: Mother of twin girls who died in Goonengerry while ...

The distraught mother of twin girls who died in a fire at a commune near Byron Bay is struggling to cope with the reality of never seeing them again.

Akira Garton shared a sweet photo alongside Ophelia and Tarrow on Tuesday morning, three days after they died from smoke inhalation while visiting their father and his girlfriend in a Goonengerry commune in northern NSW.

'No more mumma... no more hands... no more smiles, dancing, moments like this,' she wrote.

The picture, which shows Ms Garton smiling as both of her twins lean into her, was taken just four weeks before their tragic deaths. 

Ms Garton has been in touch with a law firm and hopes to get to the bottom of why her young daughters were left in the home alone near an open flame.

It's understood a candle was burning atop a piano next to the girls throughout the night, while their father attended a communal bonfire nearby.

Akira Garton shared a sweet photo alongside Ophelia and Tarrow on Tuesday morning, three days after they died from smoke inhalation while visiting their father and his girlfriend in a Goonengerry commune

Akira Garton shared a sweet photo alongside Ophelia and Tarrow on Tuesday morning, three days after they died from smoke inhalation while visiting their father and his girlfriend in a Goonengerry commune 

Mr Wright (pictured in 2019) ran as the Ballina candidate for the Keep Sydney Open independent state political party

Mr Wright (pictured in 2019) ran as the Ballina candidate for the Keep Sydney Open independent state political party

The picture, which shows Ms Garton smiling in the middle of the twins, was taken just four weeks before their tragic deaths

The picture, which shows Ms Garton smiling in the middle of the twins, was taken just four weeks before their tragic deaths

He and his girlfriend arrived back to the home just before 4am and noticed smoke billowing from the room. 

They called emergency services, but the twins could not be revived.

'Words cannot express waking up to day three of these beautiful bunnikins not here,' Ms Garton said. 

'I'm devastated. It was too early.'  

The mother-of-three has struggled to respond to messages or answer calls in the days since the tragedy because she 'has no words beyond disbelief' and is still processing the loss. 

Ms Garton's father, the twins' grandfather, described Tarrow and Ophelia as 'bright, playful identical twins that had a sparkle in their eye and angelic features. 

'Akira and her family are shattered to the core; they have an unbearable amount of grief to carry and heartbreaking pain to endure. 

'A loss of this magnitude is almost unimaginable, and to even try is quite unbearable. A sorrow this complete takes away even the ability to breathe.' 

Ms Garton and the twins' father, political activist James Wright, also share seven-year-old Maitreya, who was not injured in the fire

Ms Garton and the twins' father, political activist James Wright, also share seven-year-old Maitreya, who was not injured in the fire

Residents who choose to live off-grid at the Nunkeri Multi Occupancy commune (pictured) consider each other family, and were enjoying a collective bonfire well into the early hours of Sunday morning when tragedy struck

Residents who choose to live off-grid at the Nunkeri Multi Occupancy commune (pictured) consider each other family, and were enjoying a collective bonfire well into the early hours of Sunday morning when tragedy struck

'I'm told Jimmy's in a bad way, when he was canvassing as a candidate for Keep Sydney Open in the Lower House, the girls were always with him,' Tyson Kho, CEO for Keep Sydney Open, said

'I'm told Jimmy's in a bad way, when he was canvassing as a candidate for Keep Sydney Open in the Lower House, the girls were always with him,' Tyson Kho, CEO for Keep Sydney Open, said

Ms Garton and the twins' father, political activist James Wright, also share seven-year-old Maitreya, who was not injured in the fire. 

Mr Wright ran as the Ballina candidate for the Keep Sydney Open independent state political party in 2019.

'I'm told Jimmy's in a bad way, when he was canvassing as a

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