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Fire victims rebuilding their lives

Fire victims rebuilding their lives

The Pinery Fires shook the region late last year, and for those affected, this past festive season was a little different from normal. 

Freeling couple, Mr Terry ‘Turtle’ Curtis and wife Tanya, lost a significant amount of property including sheds, fences, cars, camper trailer, truck and work equipment and gear. 

Turtle said that no-one knew what was happening. “It was all pretty quick… it was too late so we bailed out of here.

“We didn’t know which way the wind was going, it was pretty savage.”

Like many other families, they have begun the long process of rebuilding their lives and looking to the future.

Turtle said they have been busy over the last few weeks cleaning up their property and working with insurance companies. 

Soon they hope to start rebuilding and getting the fences put back up.

He said that a priority is getting his shed rebuilt before winter to shield his work gear from the weather. 

Unfortunately, the couple’s Christmas didn’t turn out as originally planned as they had to cancel their four week holiday in Western Australia.

Their camper trailer they had hoped to take was destroyed in the fire.

“We had been wanting to go there for a fair while because we’ve never been there… but I guess we’ll just have to wait now.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.