A Yarloop resident who stayed to defend his home says there is “very little” of the town left and has slammed the Government saying fire crews ran out of water while trying to defend properties.
The Yarloop Bowling Club president Ron Sackville said the town had been “wiped out” by the raging Waroona bushfire with the majority of buildings gone.
“I believe I couldn’t get all the way down there but I believe the museum is gone, the old hospital, most of the houses, there’s probably only about 10 houses left, the post office survived, the hotel’s gone, the bowling club survived,” he said.
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“Basically everything on the hill is gone.
“There was no stopping (the fire).
“It’s pretty grim down here at the moment.”
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has confirmed at least 121 homes were lost in the Yarloop fire with business and tourist attractions also gutted.
Three people remain unaccounted for in the town with investigations underway.
Mr Sackville, who has lived in Yarloop for more than 10 years, said he saved his home and the horses in a surrounding paddock but can see the devastation the fire has caused.
He said he is angry fire crews were left “helpless” as the town ran out of water while fighting the blaze.
“The water situation is absolutely disgusting, the Minister for water should resign. There was just no water here to fight the fire. The fire trucks didn’t have a chance. they couldn’t fill up and were pretty much helpless,” he said.
“The trucks ran out of water last night.
“We complained about the water situation last year with the hydrants not working and now we are faced with the absolute devastation of a whole town.”