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'It was like a fire from hell': Devastated residents break down in tears as their houses are destroyed by raging bushfires - believed to have been started on PURPOSE

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 9/10/2019 Adam Mccleery

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Devastated residents were left in tears after returning to their homes to find them completely gutted by fire.

After bush fire tore through the northern New South Wales towns of Busy and Rappsville residents returned on Wednesday to find their homes destroyed. 

Resident Brayden Leschingkhol found himself in his home with family and surrounded by fire. 

He said because of the drought conditions he feared fire fighters wouldn't have enough water to fight the fire. 

Fearing he was in the last moments of his life Mr Leschingkhol called his mother.

a person wearing a yellow shirt: Devastated residents were left in tears after returning to their homes to find them completely gutted by fire believed to have been started in is described as a 'bastard act' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Devastated residents were left in tears after returning to their homes to find them completely gutted by fire believed to have been started in is described as a 'bastard act'

'I told her I love her and basically told her goodbye. I wouldn't call it a blaze, it was like fire hell, not from this world,' he told 7 News while fighting back tears. 

Terry Duncan and his family were caught off guard by the speed of the fire he didn't even have time to get a shirt on before rushing his family to safety.  

The fire, which started near Busby before spreading across to neighbouring small town Rappville where more than 200 residents were all impacted by the blaze. 

The local pub was the only building untouched by the blaze. 

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Terry Duncan (pictured) and his family were caught off guard by the speed of the fire he didn't even have time to get a shirt on before rushing his family to safety © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Terry Duncan (pictured) and his family were caught off guard by the speed of the fire he didn't even have time to get a shirt on before rushing his family to safety

Resident Bridget Roberts returned to find her home completely destroyed by fire leaving her and her daughter devastated. 

'It broke my heart knowing that there was memories here for her (daughter),' she said. 

Carol Duncan's father lives in Rappsville and his home was also completely destroyed by the fire taking with it every single one of his belongings. 

a sunset over a fire: An evacuation centre was established and is being maintained by the Northern Rivers Emergency Operations Centre for residents impacted by nearby fires © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An evacuation centre was established and is being maintained by the Northern Rivers Emergency Operations Centre for residents impacted by nearby fires

She started a GoFundMe with the hopes her father will be able to somehow get back on his feet.

'He left Canberra after experiencing the devastating 2004 bushfires ... and not wanting to go through it again,' Mrs Duncan wrote. 

'My Dad is a proud man, but he's a classic pensioner battler. My family will do all we can, but he needs a bit of a hand. I hate asking, but I'd do anything for my Dad.

'He's so distressed and I can't do as much as I wish I could.' 

Carol Duncan's father lives in Rappsville and his home was also completely destroyed by the fire taking with it every single one of his belongings © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Carol Duncan's father lives in Rappsville and his home was also completely destroyed by the fire taking with it every single one of his belongings

Richmond Police District Commander, Superintendent Toby Lindsay said detectives will work tirelessly to determine the cause of this blaze.

'The NSW Police would like to commend the bravery and service of all NSW RFS volunteers, crews from NSW Fire and Rescue and local police for protecting dozens of properties and livestock. 

'Strike Force Cleander will leave no stone unturned so we can provide answers for the rural communities impacted by this disaster.' 

NSW Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said crews will continue to remain on the ground for the foreseeable future to bring the blaze under control.

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Cooler conditions are on the way for the area in the next 48-hours which will assist our crews greatly.

'With the Busbys Flat blaze now merging with the nearby Long Gully Road fire, we are urging all residents to have their bush fire survival plan ready.

An evacuation centre was established and is being maintained by the Northern Rivers Emergency Operations Centre for residents impacted by nearby fires. 

The evacuation centre remains open at St Mary's Catholic College one Canterbury Street in Casino. 

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