A Pongo family have been left stranded in the middle of bushfires in Queensland’s north after a “wild” fire swept through their home.
Key points:The family has been told to leave their home in South Brisbane and their home is now being rebuilt on their own timeThe family had been staying at a nearby town to prepare for the return of firefighting helicoptersThe fire is now under control, but it’s not clear how many people will need to be evacuatedThe family’s home in the suburb of South Brisbane has been completely rebuilt on its own time, but they have not been allowed to return home yet.
“We are not allowed to leave until the next day,” the family’s neighbour, David Gavron, said.
“There’s no one here to see us leave.
There’s no food for us to eat, there’s no water for us.”
The family are being taken to a nearby community for their safety and they are not yet sure what will happen.
“They are still staying in a house,” Mr Gavrom said.
“The town has been very helpful, but there’s been no one in charge.
They’ve been very understanding.”
I’m very worried for them.
“Firefighters are still trying to put out the blaze in South-East Queensland, which is now burning in a bushfire season.
The fire was about 120 kilometres south-east of Brisbane and was burning out of control when it broke out.
The fire destroyed four homes, including the Gavrons home.
Residents were told to evacuate from the area by local residents.”
People are still stuck in the bush, we have a bush fire on the other side of town,” Mr Vellan said.
He said the fire had been burning for about five days.”
It’s a big one, you know, it’s a bit of a fire.
It’s got an area that’s a lot larger than a typical fire, a bit bigger than an average bushfire.”‘
It’s just a wild bushfire’The fire had destroyed three houses and the Gavaners home.”
In a bush-fire season, you don’t want to be too close to the bushfire, but if you are in the area, it is a wild fire,” he said.
The family have also been told by the Department of Emergency Services (DoES) to leave the area for their own safety.”
No one is staying at the house.
We have been told that we need to leave our home,” Mr Ewen said.
Firefighters have been taking care of the fire in the community since Saturday.”
That’s the problem, we don’t have any control over it.
We don’t know where we’re going, we can’t tell anyone,” he told 7.30.”
You just have to keep an eye out, keep your distance, keep calm and don’t let any of those elements take over.””
We’ve had to take it very seriously,” Mr Gillard said.
More to come.
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