WA fires: 'We thought we were going back', Yarloop resident loses everything

YARLOOP resident Kathy King has “lost everything” after an out of control blaze blasted through her home on Thursday night. 

Despite the Department of Parks and Wildlife incident controller Greg Mair being unable to confirm how many buildings and homes have been lost in Yarloop Mrs King knows her property has gone. 

“We thought we were going back,” she said. 

“I don’t know how I feel right now, I don’t think it has hit me yet.”

Mrs King registered at the Pinjarra evacuation centre at 3am on Friday morning. 

She had driven out of the town with her 8-year-old cat Gemma, leaving behind her husband and two blue heeler dogs Missy and Matilda. 

It was a stressful night,” Mrs King said. 

“He (husband) stayed in Yarloop to try and save the house. 

“All I know is a whole flame went up and we couldn’t even get our car out.

“I tried getting in touch with him on the phone but couldn’t.”

Separated from her husband overnight the couple were reunited on Friday morning when he appeared with their unharmed dogs Missy and Matilda. 

Mrs King said her husband managed to walk from their home to Skipworth Winery. 

“I don’t know what happened but the winery man brought him back the next morning to get his car and the dogs were sitting in the yard waiting for him,” she said.

The couple moved to Yarloop seven years ago for a peaceful retirement. 

“I don’t know what to say anymore,” Mrs King said.  

“I haven’t heard any news, I don’t know what’s going on, I know my house is gone. 

“We don’t have anything other than our cars and our pets.”

Donations to the Waroona and District Fires Appeal can be made at www.appealswa.org.au

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