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‘They are still in shock’: Families lose homes and precious photos

“Sitting here in the car at 2.30 in the morning. Can’t sleep, wondering if I still have a house. Brad went for a drive before but couldn’t get up near home,” Ms Krahe posted on Facebook in the early hours of Saturday.

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“I still feel like I’m in a dream and I’ll wake up and everything will be back to normal. One can only wish . We’ll see what daylight brings.”

On Saturday, the couple woke to the grim news that they had lost their home.

“I still didn’t believe them until I actually went up and we saw the place and then my heart just sunk,” Mr Krahe said.

The couple said they were devastated to lose photos of their parents and grandchildren.

“You name it, we lost it,” Ms Krahe said.

On Saturday night, Ms Krahe’s daughter Wendy Flanigan took to a community Facebook page to thank Stanthorpe for supporting her parents.

“The generosity of your community and kindness brings tears to our eyes. It’s such a devastating feeling not being able to drive into Stanthorpe yet, we live at wynnum in Brisbane, and offer support to mum and Brad,” she wrote.

“I just want to give her a huge hug and have a big cry with her. So this post is just to say Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou from the bottom of my heart.

“They are still in shock and don’t know what they need just now. I think it will be a few weeks when it hits them.”

Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie said the community had been “amazing” in the face of extreme fires.

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“They did exactly what they were told, and it saved lives,” she said.

“The people who lost their homes have just been wonderful; they have been patient, emotional…yes, but very stoic that is what the Granite Belt community is about.

“The incredible generosity of residents who have come forward offering support is just beautiful, I don’t know how else to describe it … it just shows what an amazing country we live in.”

Cr Dobie praised the work of firefighters, who were still working to battle blazes.

“If you drive up to Stanthorpe you will see what I mean, there are houses still standing completely surrounded by black,” she said.

Most of the state was rated a ‘very high’ fire danger due to gusty winds and dry conditions, which were expected to continue on Sunday.

– with AAP

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