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Daughter Of Ravenshoe Cafe Owners Dies

The daughter of the owners of a north Queensland cafe that was destroyed by a fiery explosion has died in hospital.

Nicole Dempsey, 37, who was in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital's intensive care burns unit, was pronounced dead just before 5am on Friday.

The mother-of-two, who owned a fudge shop, was managing the Serves You Right Cafe while her parents were holidaying in Europe when the freak explosion at the Ravenshoe cafe occurred on Tuesday.

A ute ploughed into the cafe and hit gas bottles, causing them to explode and a fire to break out.

Seven people, including two firefighters, remain critical in various hospitals after the tragedy, which has devastated the community of about 900 people.

Ms Dempsey bore the brunt of the explosion and was put on life support after suffering burns to 80 per cent of her body and inhaling smoke in the fire.

Her parents Vicki and Hans Nyholt rushed home from the Netherlands to be at her hospital bedside.

Her parents reportedly arrived in Brisbane on Thursday night.

The driver of the ute, a 60-year-old Ravenshoe man, and 19 other people were taken to hospitals around the state for treatment.

Police investigations are continuing into whether the man was suffering from a medical condition when the crash occurred.


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