Hi neighbours, the awesome efforts of local firefighters saved a Cromwell couple's home after a blaze erupted nearby on Monday.
Shane Marsh says thought a plane had crashed into the hillside when he heard an "almighty explosion" before the blaze broke out about 1pm. Black scorch marks can now be seen just a short distance from their home, showing how "hellishly close" the fire came.
Deputy principal rural fire officer Mark Mawhinney says: "We had helicopters and stuck appliances by the house and they stayed there the whole time ... It is a credit to the volunteers. They did a very good job. It never ceases to amaze me the dedication and commitment they show."
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