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Australia Rappville fire leaves John Duncan with nothing, but Twitter may have saved his life

16:35  08 october  2019
16:35  08 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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As fire swept through the village of Rappville, John Duncan and his partner Cass hid in their back shed thinking they would be safest there.

Carol Duncan sent a tweet to the RFS to help get her dad out of trouble.© ABC News Carol Duncan sent a tweet to the RFS to help get her dad out of trouble. "It's steel, and steel doesn't burn," Mr Duncan said.

In no time, their whole house was destroyed. Then the blaze came for the shed.

And if it was not for the quick thinking of Mr Duncan's daughter Carol, he and his partner would have never made it out of that shed.

Up to 20 homes and structures in Rappville, south of Casino, were destroyed today when several ferocious fires flared up in northern parts of NSW.

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The emergency continues to threaten residents in Busbys Flat and Drake, with 1,000 firefighters tackling the blazes overnight.

The fires spread fast and fiercely and waited for no one.

For many, fleeing was never a possibility, with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) advising residents they could do only one thing — take shelter.

From Newcastle, Ms Duncan was keeping up to date through the RFS website and could see things were going from bad to worse.

She sent a tweet to the RFS explaining that her father was trapped in his shed and would probably not survive.

Crews are working on the ground and in the air to tackle the blazes.© ABC News Crews are working on the ground and in the air to tackle the blazes. In no time, they had rescued the pair from the shed and taken them to safety.

They later found out the shed was lost to the fire.

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"For all the terrible things you hear about social media, I think Twitter might have just helped the RFS save my dad," Ms Duncan said.

"How do you possibly ever say thank you?"

Mr Duncan and his partner have lost everything — right down to his walking stick — only escaping with the clothes on their backs.

And for two pensioners, losing their simple weatherboard house also means losing their one real financial asset.

This house in Rappville was gutted by the fire.© ABC News: Matt Coble This house in Rappville was gutted by the fire. Mr Duncan moved to Rappville to escape the memories of bushfires, having lived through the devastating 2003 fires in Canberra — considered the capital's worst natural disaster.

"After that, he just went, 'You know what? I've had enough'," Ms Duncan said.

"So they moved to a tiny, quiet little village close to the Northern Rivers, and now they have lost everything in a bushfire."

Ms Duncan has reached out to the community for help on behalf of her father, setting up a GoFundMe page she hopes will at the very least provide him with a change of clothes.

Although completely traumatised over how today ended, Mr Duncan still had a sliver of humour left in him.

"At least I won't have to worry about replacing the front fence," he said.

Rappville 'shattered' and left with very little after bushfires, but community spirit shines through .
The community of Rappville in northern NSW is banding together to make sure everyone gets back on their feet, but Allan Robertson is dreading having to tell his partner that their home is now just ashes."It's going to be very hard, she's got terminal lung cancer," he says, tears welling up in his eyes.

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