A South Australian family found a heartwarming gesture when they returned to find their home had been saved after a huge bushfire tore through their farm.
Charlie Crozier told Daily Mail Australia he and his wife, Asha, were on holiday when they received a call from a friend saying there was smoke over their property near Sherwood, 220km southeast of Adelaide.
Among the destruction the fire left behind, the pair found a handwritten note on their kitchen bench.
‘I didn’t see a lot in the house, alarms were still going off and it was pretty smokey,’ Mr Crozier said.
A South Australian family found a heartwarming gesture amidst their return home to a huge blaze destroying their property (pictured)
Charlie Crozier told Daily Mail Australia he and his wife, Asha, found the handwritten letter (pictured) on their kitchen bench when they returned home
‘We were keeping an eye on the house to see nothing was alight internally and really just saw the note on the kitchen counter.’
The letter, written by CFS Kongal brigade captain Trevor Staude, apologised for the footprint marks that were left on the carpet after the fire crew saved the house.
‘Sorry for the carpet marks. Kongal CFS members entered house with captain’s permission. We are confident we saved this house. Thanks,’ the handwritten letter read.
While it was a touching gesture, Mr Crozier said footprints were the least of their worries and they were forever indebted to the fire crew – who also received a carton of beer as a thanks.
‘They are just size 10 ash footprints from fire boots, nothing that can’t be cleaned out,’ he said.
‘Everything was happening so fast, they would have literally done what they needed to do and gone to the next asset.
‘I think he used a few pieces of paper that day.’
Mr Crozier said he would be forever indebted to the fire crew who saved his house (pictured) the day the Sherwood bushfire tore through the property
The Sherwood bushfire in South Australia’s southeast burnt through about 12,000 hectares of farmland with an estimated $2 million loss in damages, according to SBS News.
The fire, which was contained on Sunday, destroyed about 80 per cent of Mr Crozier’s pastures, up to $30,000 worth of fencing and between 600 and 700 sheep.
Despite the blaze melting the down pipes and damaging the split system of their house, Mr Crozier told Daily Mail Australia the house survived.
‘You can’t go too much closer to losing your house I don’t think,’ he said.
‘[The fire] came within two metres of the house … the two fire trucks parked on the front lawn and they basically would have had flames all around them too.’
While the community comes together to rebuild the region, Mr Crozier said the out pour of support isn’t something that is noticed until devastation hits.
‘It’s just amazing, like everything everyone just pulls together … I can’t thank the community enough for what they’ve done,’ he said.
‘We’ve all been lucky there’s been no loss of life or injury, definitely be a bit of trauma to work through and for the ones on the fire front it will take time to heal.’