A Breese Parade resident has told of her surprise and utter relief to find her house still in tact after she was forced to evacuate on the afternoon of Thursday, November 7.
"I didn't think the house would be here when I got back," the woman said, preferring to remain anonymous.
"I was so relieved."
She said the fire, which had been burning in bushland between The Southern Parkway and Goldens Road throughout the afternoon, swept up on her property and those around her suddenly just after 4pm.
She evacuated with her daughter as the fire intensified.
"It was very quick," she said.
"By the time we left the garden was on fire."
Taking refuge at Club Forster, she described her relief when she returned home at 8pm to find her garden scorched and much of her front fence gone but the house still standing.
"I couldn't believe the house was still here," she said.
"It's the firemen who saved us."
She spent the next morning wetting down her garden and house with her daughter and grandson in preparation for another day of hot, dry conditions.
At the time of writing the Goldens Road fire had been downgraded to 'being controlled'.
Approximately 51 hectares of bushland had been burnt.
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