Three spot fires turned into a raging inferno in an instant: “all I saw was this fireball come at me. It was like someone dropped a bomb.”
Alan and Chris Pauling are feeling exhausted, elated, overwhelmed, thankful, angry and frustrated, all in one.
It’s been almost two weeks since the South Coast couple endured the most terrifying experience of their lives as bushfire tore through their beloved Bega Valley in the early hours of New Year’s Eve, ravaging almost everything in its path.
Their 17-acre hobby farm at Quaama was wiped out in the blink of an eye, as was their son’s property at Yowrie. The ordeal was made even more excruciating by the fact the close-knit family was split between the two properties when the firefront hit and were unaware of each other’s fate until nearly 24 hours later.