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Australia Russell Crowe's furious family break their silence to reveal what REALLY happened when firefighters 'rushed past burning homes to save the Hollywood star's sprawling mansion instead'

03:31  14 november  2019
03:31  14 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Russell Crowe ' s furious family break their silence to reveal what REALLY happened when firefighters ' rushed past burning homes to save the Hollywood star ' s sprawling mansion instead '. Russell Crowe ' s family hit back at claims firefighters prioritised his Nana Glen property

Russell Crowe ' s furious neighbours claim their homes were left to burn to the ground because 'all the trucks went straight past ' to save the Hollywood star ' s sprawling property instead . Crowe owns a 400-hectare property in Nana Glen - one of the emergency zones on New South Wales coast.

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Russell Crowe's family has angrily fired back at claims firefighters ignored burning homes and raced to save the Hollywood actor's 400-hectare property instead.

The Academy Award-winning actor's sprawling Nana Glen property on the New South Wales mid-north coast was under threat from raging bushfires on Tuesday.

There were claims from distraught locals that fire crews rushed to Crowe's property first and left other homes to burn.

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a dirty area: Russell Crowe posted photos of the extensive damage on his Nana Glen property, including burnt out plants (pictured)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Russell Crowe posted photos of the extensive damage on his Nana Glen property, including burnt out plants (pictured) 'I'm angry because our friend's house is there burning and all the trucks go to Russell Crowe's. What about normal, everyday people?,' Nana Glen resident Debbie Waldon claimed to Seven News on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the actor's niece Chelsea Crowe, who lives on her uncle's property, took to Facebook to set the record straight.

'Unfortunately, there is a lot of gossip... going around that fire crews abandoned properties in favour to protect Russell's home,' Ms Crowe posted.

'If you look at a map and knew the boundary lines the entire property is backed by Tallawudjah and the state forest. Whilst they moved to crews to a previously scouted vantage point to attack it as it came through the ridge.

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a close up of a woman: Chelsea Crowe (pictured) hit back at claims firefighters prioritised her uncle's property, describing them as 'b*******t'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chelsea Crowe (pictured) hit back at claims firefighters prioritised her uncle's property, describing them as 'b*******t'

'This move was not to protect his buildings in particular. It wouldn't have mattered who lived there.'

She added crews were still fighting the blaze not only from the residential side but also the rural side of the tiny town until early hours of the morning.

'So if you think they were favouring a few buildings of his only, kindly f**k off,' Ms Crowe posted.

She ended the post to say the homes of her uncle, dad, grandparents and other relatives were still standing.

While this horse trailer (pictured) was gutted by bushfires, none of Crowe's beloved cattle, horses or chickens were lost in the blaze© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited While this horse trailer (pictured) was gutted by bushfires, none of Crowe's beloved cattle, horses or chickens were lost in the blaze

Other locals backed up Ms Crowe's claims.

'I personally spoke to the RFS yesterday before we evacuated and they said the only thing stopping Nana Glen from going up in flames yesterday was if they could contain the fire as it came through the forest at that location behind Russell's property,' one woman wrote.

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'They weren't trying to save Russell's property in particular, they were trying to save all of Nana Glen!'

Former Rabbitohs NRL star Dean Widders added: 'People who know Russ and know your family know that there's no way you guys would ever let anything like that ever happen.

'You guys always put others first. Hope everyone is doing OK up there.'

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'Firefighters are not aware of whose homes they are being sent to – aerial crews wouldn't be aware of whose property they are going to either,' a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

'Crews are dispatched on priority of jobs and the properties that need it the most, we are not aware of who owns the properties.'

Crowe's property was badly damaged in the blaze.

The actor, who is overseas, posted photos on Wednesday showing the ashened ground and trees, along with the charred remains of several ruined fixtures, including a horse trailer.

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He said that while several buildings had been lost, his beloved cattle, horses and chickens all survived.

'Lost a couple of buildings, but overall very lucky so far. Chapel roof scorched. Deepest thanks to everyone on the ground. Some fires still burning and we are out of water. No livestock deaths to date,' Crowe said.

He also posted photos and videos of waterbombing efforts on his property as it continued to burn on Wednesday.

'Top shot son,' Crowe captioned the video.

Six hours earlier, he tweeted he was aware his property was under threat.

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'I'm not in Australia. My family are safe, billeted with friends,' Crowe posted.

'Fire hit my place late in the day yesterday. My heart goes out to everyone in the (Orara) Valley.'

Crowe first bought land in Nana Glen in 1999 before later expanding his property to included nine surrounding lots.

He married long-time on-off partner Danielle Spencer on the property on his 39th birthday in 2003.

The couple had two sons together before they split in 2012.

Thirteen fires were still burning at a watch and act level on the NSW north coast on Wednesday night.

Russell Crowe standing in front of a crowd: Crowe's Nana Glen property was at risk from bushfires© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Crowe's Nana Glen property was at risk from bushfires More than 300 homes across NSW have been destroyed by bushfire since last Friday.

The death toll from the statewide bushfire crisis remains at three.

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While cooler weather overnight brought some relief for firefighters in New South Wales (NSW) state, of which Sydney is capital, attention shifted to its northern neighbour, Queensland, where more than 80 fires threatened lives and homes.

Authorities issued a 'leave immediately' warning, the highest level, for several areas including Noosa, a beachside holiday destination 150 km (93 miles) north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland.

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'We're expecting people to listen to the warnings and work on their bushfire survival plans and, if in doubt, now is the time to leave,' said Greg Christensen, mayor for the Scenic Rim regional council in Queensland.

'This is a very challenging season,' Christensen told reporters.

'You haven't had bushfires like these bushfires before.'

A private water-bombing helicopter crashed while battling a fire west of Brisbane, though the pilot escaped with minor injuries, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services said.

Across the country, in Western Australia, officials were responding to two emergency bushfires that had destroyed two homes and damaged another.

The fires have sparked increasingly acrimonious debate over climate and fire-prevention policies, with the ruling conservative Liberal Party and the minor opposition Australian Greens exchanging barbs.

Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was among those who have suggested that climate activists were at least partly responsible for the fires by lobbying to reduce so-called back burns, fires deliberately lit to clear dry undergrowth.

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'We do need to adapt and plan for these situations,' she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 'What we want is a consensus moving forward on how to come up with a plan that adapts Australia to a warming climate.'

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, meanwhile, said linking the fires to the government's support of the coal industry was 'the ravings of some pure, enlightened and woke capital city greenies'.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has declined to comment on climate change during the crisis, has called for moderation in the debate.

The blazes have claimed three lives and destroyed about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush, fuelled by extremely dry conditions after three years of drought, which experts say has been exacerbated by climate change.

Some 300 homes have been destroyed in NSW alone in recent days as flames stretched from the state's north coast to within metres of homes in Greater Sydney.

By Wednesday afternoon, insured losses from 450 fire-related claims in NSW and Queensland was estimated at A$50 million($34.28 million), according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

There is unlikely to be a near-term respite from hot and dry conditions.

'We will not have all these fires contained and locked up for many, many weeks,' NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney.

'Unfortunately, what we need is rain.'

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

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