Kim Vogel looks over what is left of his property, once stood a two storey Queenslander.
Kim Vogel looks over what is left of his property, once stood a two storey Queenslander. Vicki Wood

'Blow torch' destroys family home

THERE are stairs leading to nowhere, wooden pegs still attached to the hills hoist, tin bent out of shape, water tanks melted and charred remains.

That is what is left of Kim Vogel's home.

Sitting high on top of Nelson Crescent he has the perfect view of the valley below, but it all burnt down on Friday night.

"It is so overwhelming when you get confronted with something like this,” Kim said.

The 79-year-old was told to evacuate immediately by police on Friday early evening.

"The only thing I could get was my wallet and a box of medicine.

Kim Vogel lost everything in the recent fires that ripped through his home on Nelson Cresent.
Kim Vogel lost everything in the recent fires that ripped through his home on Nelson Cresent. Vicki Wood

"I am a transplant patient and I need to take about 15 pills a day. If I didn't have that I would be in trouble,” Kim said.

His son Paul returned from Brisbane that evening and was the first to find out in the morning that the home had been destroyed.

Both thought this was something that would never happen.

Paul moved the 1932 Queenslander to the property six years ago for his father and built it on a 2.8m tin foundation.

"Paul cleared all around it and I never thought that would happen,” Kim said.

He said it came up the gully racing through, it hit the building from the back.

"It just blasted it, it must have been horrendous like a blow torch really. Once it starts to go, that's it, it is gone very quickly,” Paul said.

He said the incredible heat had fused things together inside the remains of the building.

"I can't believe the intense heat that must have gone though here.

"It is incredible that there was only a number of properties lost and not a hell of a lot more.”

BURNT DOWN: Paul Vogel stands on top of the view of the home he built for his father.
BURNT DOWN: Paul Vogel stands on top of the view of the home he built for his father. Vicki Wood

Paul said the first 48 hours were like a huge adrenalin rush as it didn't sink in.

"You can come up and see it and think yeah that it is a disaster but at the same time if you had a family with children, think about all of them. Of course it is not to downplay the loss we have gone through.

The pair said the community spirit has been amazing with the outpouring of support.

"I hope that everyone else going through a similar sort of thing has similar support that we have got,” Paul said.

The family plans to rebuild on the property and Kim will live with a friend while he waits.

"When you see the dramas that are unfolding at Binna Burra and the Sunshine Coast and this is supposed to be only the start of the season.”



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