A Parkerville mum has described how she learnt her family had lost everything to a fire, after being sent news footage of her home succumbing to the inferno.
Julie Moody’s three-storey property was one of three destroyed by the bushfire in Perth’s northeast on Thursday.
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She had checked her security cameras from work to find the bush around her pool was on fire.
She rang husband Craig, who was able to race back and get their pet dogs to safety.
However her worst fears were realised shortly after when a colleague sent her a news bulletin that showed her home, where they have lived for 17 years, collapsing in the flames.
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In just six minutes, everything was gone. Nothing, Moody said, was salvageable and there was nothing untouched by fire.
“We’re just reminiscing about what was where and what was what,” she said.
“There aren’t really any words to describe the feelings.”
The home was destroyed in the Parkerville fire. Credit: 7NEWS
The family had only celebrated their son Sam’s 17th birthday on Wednesday.
His new tools and beloved rally car were destroyed, along with Christmas presents and countless family memories.
“At the moment, nobody really knows what you need until you go through everything and assess your life,” Moody said.
“We just had to go and buy some clothes. We literally only had the clothes on our backs.”
Julie Moody and her family have lived at the home for 17 years. Credit: 7NEWSThe home was destroyed. Credit: 7NEWS
Their home is insured and the Moodys will stay with family in Perth until they can move into a friend’s place in January.
“I love (Parkerville). I’d love to stay here. I don’t know whether we can rebuild,” Moody said.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support the family, who were described as “kind, caring, hardworking humans” who would “do anything to help anyone in need”.
The intense Parkerville fire was sparked accidentally when a tree fell onto powerlines, authorities said, before it was driven by strong easterly winds.
“Watching those flames engulf those homes is absolutely heartbreaking and distressing,” WA Premier Roger Cook told reporters on Friday.
“On behalf of the people of Western Australia, I want you to know that our hearts are with you.”
The fire is now at an advice level after being controlled and contained.
Firefighters have escaped a fire blast in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale. Credit: 7NEWS
Meanwhile, firefighters are battling two more dangerous blazes, the sixth and seventh emergency-level fires which have flared in the last two days.
Firefighters were forced to retreat from a property when flames erupted above them as they raced to quell a blaze in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
Pictures from the 7NEWS chopper showed crews escaping the danger just in time. The home could not be saved.
Locals in Bailup, Gidgegannup and Wooroloo have also been told they “are in danger and need to act immediately to survive”.
Crews on the ground and in the air are working to bring the threatening blaze under control.