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    Default Re: Gordons Bay on fire

    I still say a tin of Ricoffy or Frisco would hit the spot😂😂😂😂
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post

    .............. very interesting - this is exactly what happened.

    I'd decided to go down to AWS to grab a couple of dogs as we seemed to be safe. When I got there, there were so many people already, and I decided to head back up to the house as the wind had turned towards us....

    Got back, threw stuff and cats in the jeep (in the garage) Yoga girl went outside to put the dogs in the Defender, and called me, the house 2 houses away - across the road and higher up than us - was on fire, and the heat was incredible. we are still literally sunburnt on the face and arms from being there.

    10m up the road, 10m down the road it was a normal smoky breeze, with the usual ash and embers floating, but that little zone was like a furnace - everything in the zone was fully burnt out , no ash, no smoke, no embers, and it was directly on the house.

    We were still going to go inside for another load, but I told Yoga Girl it was time to leave. she left, Gina had left a few minutes before. There was still a bundle of stuff on the table that we'd put out, but it was too late....

    Up until that point I'd kind of been thinking we'd be back later, and were just being over cautious, but in that heat.... no way anything other than a solid concrete block was going to survive. didn't matter that it was thatch - the timbers go first. Most of the thatch is on the floor around the house, didn't actually burn right out, it's too dense - it only burns when it falls and air can get through it.

    by the time I got back in the jeep the body was hot to the touch and the internal temperature was at that high summer 'left in the sun unpleasant' level.

    I was going to run back in to grab the other stuff.... but brain kicked in and I decided I'd never get back out. Weirdly, as I left, the bloody alarm wouldn't go on and I was worried that there would be looters while we were away and was thinking of going back in to sort it out.... but I left.

    I think it probably ignited as I drove off. I was barely 3km away when the neighbor called to say it was on fire.
    Interesting read and witness account.
    So in all you were really lucky, it could have gone a lot worse.

    That thermal wave sounds scary and I can imagine it is hard to comprehend and localise as it appears really concentrated.
    Well taken decision then to limit the risk.
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    Funny (well maybe not) story about the AWS.

    The funny part is a security company had moved their dogs to AWS as the fire started. They had kennels up the road.

    When the call came for help from AWS, people were going home with highly trained security dogs without even knowing it! We had some interesting phone calls - but lucky the fire moved so fast that the dogs could go back to the kennels later that afternoon/evening.

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    "single malt whiskey will make Alex feel better..."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowones View Post
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    One of the business's to loose everything in the fire.
    Hang on wait a minute...

    Is that not that compost restaurant!?

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    Wow quite hectic, glad you made the right decision in the heat of the moment .

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    I was told by someone in the financial services industry that many (retired) people in Knysna had their houses terribly underinsured. Combination of saving money and thinking "well, what can go wrong for my house in the middle of a complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre2013 View Post
    Hang on wait a minute...

    Is that not that compost restaurant!?
    confused, not sure what you mean ?

    If by that you mean natural way, then yes.

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    Alex sorry to hear about your loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowones View Post
    confused, not sure what you mean ?

    If by that you mean natural way, then yes.
    Vegan food, compost, same thing...
    Last edited by pierre2013; 2017/11/10 at 05:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre2013 View Post
    Vegan food, compost, same thing...
    Nothing wrong with vegan food...cattle thrive on it😂😂
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    This fire hasnt made much impact on the news...
    find myself becoming more and more reliant on this community as to whats happening on the ground...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre2013 View Post
    Vegan food, compost, same thing...
    Yep, thats them. They have lost everything.

    The school, the accommodation, staff accommodation, the restaurant.

    Its all gone.

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    Apoc the most important thing is that you guys survived

    Lets face it 2 or 3 years from now you may sit there and say "Dam I wish we never lost this or that was never destroyed"
    But at least you will have a chance to be there to do so

    Must say you are taking 1000 times better than most people would as well
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    It wouuuuooood have been a hot braai!!!!!!?
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    Gee this is terrible. I cant imagine losing my house. Is it completely gone .When a house combusts like these in runaway fires do the walls also get damaged ,or is it just the roof and wood and anything that can burn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    Gee this is terrible. I cant imagine losing my house. Is it completely gone .When a house combusts like these in runaway fires do the walls also get damaged ,or is it just the roof and wood and anything that can burn.
    In a hot fire when the inside burns as well the walls are most probably cracked or not stable any more.

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    Judging from the table cloth, I sense an opportunity to do a clean slate rebuild and take full advantage of the opportunity to really, carefully torque up the petty neighbour......
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    Well, just bumped into slow ones across the road from the workshop / my current abode!

    noisy buggers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    I still say a tin of Ricoffy or Frisco would hit the spot😂😂😂😂
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