In late March, flames leapt from a bushfire in the northern state of Tasmania and engulfed homes and buildings in a spectacular blaze that left at least one person dead and many others forced from their homes.
The fire broke out at about 9:00pm on February 23 in a remote area of the state’s north.
It quickly engulfed a number of homes, including one in a house owned by former New South Wales premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and a neighbouring home.
The blaze raged for almost an hour, destroying a number, but also causing damage to several other homes.
A woman who lives in the house on Bowerman Street said she was “surprised and disappointed” when the fire broke, with the first thing she saw when she arrived was the charred remains of her kitchen, with a kitchen sink still visible in the living room.
“My first thought was: ‘Is there any way I can save this house?'” she said.
“There were many more people who had lost their lives and I’m just so disappointed.”
In a video posted on Facebook, a man is seen walking around the burned house.
“A few minutes after the fire began, there was a large white fireball, which came out from the top of the house.
It’s a big fireball and we just couldn’t see it.”
The video shows the man in the white pyjamas standing on a staircase and looking up towards the house as the flames rise.
“I looked up and I saw the flames up the stairs and I just felt sick.
“You can’t even save it with the help of the fire department.””
Another woman who did not want to be named said she had to walk to her car to retrieve her belongings.””
You can’t even save it with the help of the fire department.”
Another woman who did not want to be named said she had to walk to her car to retrieve her belongings.
“We’ve got a house, a caravan and we’ve got no way of getting out of it.
Tasmania’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said it received two reports of the blaze and it had dispatched two additional firefighting helicopters and two rescue crews.”
There are lots of other homes in the area, so we’ve been told to pack up our belongings and get into our car.”
Tasmania’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said it received two reports of the blaze and it had dispatched two additional firefighting helicopters and two rescue crews.
A DFS spokesperson said it was working with local authorities to investigate.”DFES can confirm that a fire occurred on March 3, 2017, in the remote area known as Bowermans Peak, near Bowers Ferry, in Tasmania’s north,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the fire had destroyed five homes, and one other structure was damaged.
“As the fire raged, the fire services were unable to put out the blaze as it threatened to become a large blaze that would require significant assistance,” the statement said.
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