ONE happy ending in Clarendon – but others not so lucky.
Carol Bond left her house in Clarendon when the fire suddenly changed direction. For the wind had swung more westerly bringing it towards her family home in Clarendon. Her husband Jeff, who works for CFA administration, stayed to defend the house. Carol drove up the highway and stopped at a bare patch beside the road where she could listen to ABC Radio 774’s emergency information. They had prepared themselves and their 125 year old timber house well and they had a fire-plan that they practised. Their important items had been packed earlier ready to go if necessary.
Carol said “the worst part when driving out was the billowing layers of smoke and not knowing what you might come across – such as fallen trees across the road”. She was shaken by the experience of not knowing initially whether her husband and her house were safe. After finally finding out that all was well, Carol’s only request was, understandably, for ‘a nice cup of tea’! As it turned out their house was saved, though ringed by blackened bush behind and bared nature strip in front, but the family beside them, and a dozen others caught up in this serious fire, were not so lucky.