Home destroyed by destructive blaze

280 acre property lost to savage bushfire

HOUSE LOST: Ruffy resident David Austin surveys his McLean’s Lane property, destroyed all but his shearing shed in the devastating Creighton’s Creek fire in December. PHOTO: Mark Jesser/Fairfax Media

WHEN David Austin reached his Ruffy home during December’s bushfire, it was clear nothing could be done to save his burning house.

“I could see it was a lost cause and didn’t try to do anything heroic,” Mr Austin said.

Mr Austin and his wife Zelma’s entire 280 acre property was affected.

They lost one-third of their stock, plus fencing and other infrastructure including their machinery shed, although they were able to save their shearing shed.

Mr Austin had been working in Seymour when he received a call to say there was a fire, but it was too late by the time he arrived home via the Hughes Creek Road.

Nobody else was home at the time.

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