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Australia Three homes damaged as fire breaks out and flares quickly in the Hunter

15:55  12 november  2019
15:55  12 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Three homes were damaged and two firefighters were taken to hospital after fires broke out yesterday in the state's Hunter region.

A grass fire on Wine Country Drive at North Rothbury was declared an emergency within an hour of it being detected, while a second broke out at nearby Greta on Tuesday afternoon.

Greta resident John Brittin fled his home of 20 years thinking the fire would claim it. He said the blaze roared up the property across the road, burning an area of "about 200 metres in probably 30 seconds".

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"I stayed until [the police] told me to go," the 68-year-old said. "I left thinking the house was gone."

The fire burned through everything but his home - right up to the door. The house suffered partial damage.

The fire burning alongside Wine Country Drive at North Rothbury. © Marina Neil The fire burning alongside Wine Country Drive at North Rothbury.

"I feel like I've won the lotto," Mr Brittin said.

As spot fires continued to flare up around his home and with water bombers circling in the air, Mr Brittin thanked mainly the Victorian firefighters who had saved his house.

"These firies - 95 per cent of them are volunteers. Just the way they upend themselves," he said.

"Not many countries in the world have got a fire service like this."

The blaze near Wine Country Drive at North Rothbury, about eight kilometres outside of Cessnock, was upgraded to emergency level at 2.30pm. Owner of boutique winery Lucy’s Run, Brad Wright, said he had spent the morning preparing his property for the fire, and was prepared to evacuate.

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“It can take you unawares, that’s why we’ve decided to leave,” Mr Wright said. “There’s no point panicking.”

Mr Wright said local residents were texting each other updates of the fire, and coordinating their movements through a Facebook group, though he didn’t see any smoke or flames. He said some residents had spent the morning evacuating horses and other animals from the wine-making region.

a plane flying in the air: Water bombing aircraft works to save homes at Greta. © Simone De Peak Water bombing aircraft works to save homes at Greta.

Another resident who didn't wish to be named said they had done all they could, and were now waiting to see how the fire behaved. “We’ve done all we can do and we’re just hoping,” they said.

But by late afternoon the threat from both fires had passed and they were downgraded.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said two firefighters - a man and a woman, each aged in their 40s - were treated for smoke inhalation after they collapsed at North Rothbury.

The spokeswoman said the man was also suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion and was taken to Maitland Hospital in a stable condition.

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