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Australia Rappville residents take stock after bushfire rips through the northern New South Wales town

14:01  09 october  2019
14:01  09 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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NSW Rural Fire Service says a number of houses were lost in Rappville , south of Casino.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said a “significant number” of homes across the north of the state had been destroyed, including in the village of Rappville , with a population of about 250 people. The RFS commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, said the two fires had “really gone through ” communities.

Tina Hag was home alone with her four children — her youngest just two months old — as a bushfire rapidly approached the northern New South Wales town of Rappville on Tuesday night.

The family managed to escape their rental home with only a laptop before the house burned to the ground.

Ms Hag and her partner Robert Collier returned to the property with their children on Wednesday, still in shock about how quickly the fire came through.

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Residents are counting the cost after fire ravaged parts of northern New South Wales , with dry conditions ensuring The NSW Rural Fire Service said a number of homes in the village of Rappville , with a population of around 250 people, were destroyed when the fire ripped through the town .

The NSW Rural Fire Service said a number of homes in the village of Rappville , with a population of around 250 people, were destroyed when the fire ripped through the town . " I 've lost the bloody sheds, the house, lost everything," Rappville resident Danny Smith told reporters on the scene.

"You just don't think that it's going to happen to you," Ms Hag said.

a woman sitting in front of a brick building: Tina Hag stands in the rubble of her home with with two of her four children. (ABC News: Bellinda Kontominas) © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Tina Hag stands in the rubble of her home with with two of her four children. (ABC News: Bellinda Kontominas) "It just goes to show you how quickly it can turn.

"There are no words. I'm so sad for everybody who's lost their properties."

Mr Collier said the family saw their home ablaze on the news.

"Pretty much only my Gemini [car] survived — that's about it," he said.

"We managed to take the laptop with us with all the family photos. That's the most important thing that you get — the memory stuff."

Mr Collier said he expected several people to move away from the town as a result of the fire.

"I think you won't see as many kids at the school now," he said.

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  Rappville fire leaves John Duncan with nothing, but Twitter may have saved his life 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. © 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. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Residents around the Busbys Flat fire , which included Rappville – south of Casino, were told it's too late to leave as the fire bore down on them on Tuesday afternoon. NSW Police are asking people not to return to their homes in fire -affected areas on Tuesday evening as it was unsafe to do so.

Residents have been told it is too late to leave several bushfire -threatened communities in northern New South Wales and Queensland’s Lockyer Valley Despite a cooler weather forecast for northern NSW from midweek – with temperatures expected to drop to the mid-20s – continued dry conditions

"Certainly things will change around here."

As the family sifted through the remains of their home, engineers assessed nearby structures, including the smouldering twisted metal where the adjoining town hall used to be.

Fifteen homes have been destroyed or damaged in the Rappville area, according to the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The RFS said it could be several days before all residents were allowed to return to the town.

Fallen trees and power lines still pose a risk, as does asbestos.

Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow said the community was facing "challenging times".

"The community hall is gone. The hotel was saved, they tell me it was caught on fire a couple of times but it was extinguished," he said.

"For the farmers, if they have stock left, there's going to be no feed.

"20,000 hectares — that's a lot of grazing land lost.

"The timber side of things, a lot of that will never come back."

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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. More than 58 fires are burning across New South Wales and Queensland. Up to 20 properties have been lost in an out-of-control bushfire in the northern

As fire swept through the village of Rappville , John Duncan and his partner Cass hid in their back Topical videos: Homes destroyed as bushfire emergency ravages NSW and Queensland | ABC bushfire -threatened communities in northern New South Wales and Queensland’s Lockyer Similar

Community comes together to help each other

As the fire approached, many residents who had left it too late to leave took shelter at Rappville Primary School.

Principal Kathleen Collis said about 50 residents, including some livestock, used the building.

"We had goats who took up residence in the boy's toilets, we had dogs in our staff room, I think there were sheep as well," she said.

One resident, who wished only to be known as Tanya, said she and her partner were holed up at the school until midnight, as RFS volunteers worked hard to keep the fire at bay.

"Everyone had fire extinguishers and were putting out all the spot fires," she said.

"The firies were doing the major fire hazards and … I was on the phone to Mum and I was saying 'This house is gone, that house is gone, another block has gone'."

The school's oval continues to smoulder, showing just how close the fire came.

Across the road from the school, another property sits in ruins.

It belongs to John Duncan, whose daughter contacted the RFS via Twitter, allowing firefighters to rescue her father and his partner just in time.

Mr Duncan initially hid in his shed believing he would be safe from the flames, but both his home and shed were decimated by the fire.

He escaped with nothing — not even his walking stick.

Ms Hag and Mr Collier, meanwhile, said they felt lucky despite the loss of their home.

"The town has really come together," Ms Hag said.

"Everybody's helping out, we've got heaps of things like nappies, clothes and everybody is just so helpful and loving — it's always been like that."

NSW bushfires that destroyed dozens of homes may have been deliberately lit, authorities say .
Police are investigating the "suspicious" origins of a devastating bushfire, which is believed to have started late Friday and yesterday destroyed 21 homes in northern NSW.Four separate blazes ripped through several areas in northern NSW yesterday, with much of the damage in the areas of Rappville and Ewingar.

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