Father pays tribute to family

"YOU took my heart,'' Jeremiah Lale said as he delivered a tribute, devastating but laced with laughter, to his wife and five children who perished in Queensland's worst ever house fire.

Mr Lale's wife Teukisia and five children - Jerry, Paul, Lafoa'i, Sela and Richie - died in the Slacks Creek blaze and their funeral has been held this morning.

The father-of-five was consoled by family and friends from the grief-stricken Pacific Islander community.

Mr Lale arrived at today's funeral at Hillsong Church, Mt Gravatt, in the hearse carrying his wife.

He spoke at the end of the two-hour service.

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