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US News Bushfire victim pens an emotional poem after helplessly watching his house burn down in a ferocious fire

08:16  09 january  2020
08:16  09 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A bushfire victim has penned a heartfelt poem about helplessly watching his house burn down after desperately attempting to fight the blaze.

Jim Hughes wrote 'The Burning Bay' one week after a bushfire ripped through his Batemans Bay property on the New South Wales South Coast on New Year's Eve. 

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The poem was posted to Facebook on Wednesday by his sister Cathy, who said the piece came 'straight from his heart'. 

Mr Hughes begins by painting a picture of the catastrophic fires which have claimed 26 lives and almost 2,000 homes.

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a screenshot of text: Jim Hughes wrote 'The Burning Bay' one week after a bushfire ripped through his Batemans Bay property on the New South Wales South Coast on New Year's Eve © Provided by Daily Mail Jim Hughes wrote 'The Burning Bay' one week after a bushfire ripped through his Batemans Bay property on the New South Wales South Coast on New Year's Eve a screenshot of text: The poem was posted to Facebook on Wednesday by his sister Cathy, who said the piece came 'straight from his heart' © Provided by Daily Mail The poem was posted to Facebook on Wednesday by his sister Cathy, who said the piece came 'straight from his heart'

'Where fires are burning, for over a month and a day, I live on the coast, in sunny Batemans Bay,' the poem begins.

'It's still going on, with no end in sight, there's no other choice, but to stand up and fight.

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The weather is very cold and when Miss Maudie's house burns down in the middle of the night, the children watch on helplessly as it "devours" her whole Progress is slow because of the fire truck and the inadequate fire hoses. Eventually, however, the fire is brought under control and extinguished.

'I've had my bloody turn, it came on in a hurry, we did the best we could, there was no time to worry.'

Mr Hughes then explained he stayed behind with four others to fight the 'spark' but were unable to match the flames.

'We'll be alright, we'll give it a crack, we did our absolute best, we thought we'd beaten it back.' 

'Then up through the gully, came the wind and the roar, we lost water pressure, we couldn't do more.

a screenshot of text: Mr Hughes heaped praise on the firefighters battling the conditions and the support of the community © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Hughes heaped praise on the firefighters battling the conditions and the support of the community a sunset over a fire: Firefighters battle a blaze on properties near Termeil on the Princes Highway between Bateman's Bay and Ulladulla during December © Provided by Daily Mail Firefighters battle a blaze on properties near Termeil on the Princes Highway between Bateman's Bay and Ulladulla during December

The group then ran to the car to flee and Mr Hughes stopped at a corner to film his house 'burn to the ground'. 

'Mine couldn't be saved, when I saw the first tanker, you bloody firebugs and looters, your name rhymes with banker.'

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'To know where I live, it was a quiet little street, now six of us are gone, the damage complete.'

Mr Hughes also refers to other New South Wales towns that have been devastated by the bushfires, as well as the wildlife who have perished.

But despite the tragedy, Mr Hughes heaped praise on the firefighters battling the conditions and the support of the community. 

'Then there's the firies, the boots on the ground, doing their absolute best, but stretched all around.'  

The remains of a house destroyed by a bushfire is seen just outside Batemans Bay in New South Wales on January 2 2020 © Provided by Daily Mail The remains of a house destroyed by a bushfire is seen just outside Batemans Bay in New South Wales on January 2 2020

'The volunteers everywhere, trying to do their best, at all the evac centres, they'll lift your spirits like a welcome guest.

'I have my family and friends, just so much support, my daughter, my angel, she's my trooper, a real sport.'

Mr Hughes concluded by saying his piece was not asking for sympathy but instead encouraging people to donate to the Red Cross, Anglicare and the RFS. 

Readers described Mr Hughes words as 'beautiful', despite the tragic circumstances.

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'May you have the strength to move forward. Possessions don't define us but it must be excruciating to see all you have worked for taken so easily,' one person said.

'His words explain it so perfectly. My heart aches reading it,' said another.

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a man standing in front of a sunset: Nancy Allen and Brian Allen stand outside as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, on January 4, 2020.

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