When a bushfire destroyed our home we had moments to react but needed years to recover

Over the last few days as I watched the fires in Victoria, memories I’ve tried to block out return vividly. Panicked voices on the two-way radio. Pets locked in the bathroom. Woollen jumpers pulled on in a hurry. Blinking back tears as I packed childhood treasures, joining Mum’s wedding albums in the car. Powerful winds. Smoky air, suffocatingly thick, breathed through a damp towel. And the roar overhead when it finally came, spot fires fluttering down from the sky, an eerie calm descending in its wake.
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29 December 2015 in World News, Views: 21
Source: Guardian
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