For two weeks, builder Rod Dunn (pictured below) has been living at a showground in a borrowed caravan, wearing an old coat donated by a friend.
Left: Philippe Ravenel poses for a photo in front of the remains of his house after it was burnt in a bushfire. Right: A teapot salvaged from the house of Philippe Ravenel who's home was burnt in a bushfire, stands amongst some his other belongings.
"There has been so much help and support. Everybody looks after each other. There are so many good people here," said Philippe Ravanel, a Swiss blacksmith, standing in the rubble of a 150-year-old home that he bought in 2006, of which only the fireplace remains.
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Rod Dunn, the builder, said a friend had kindly offered him use of his property, rent-free for a year.
"It's a good place too," he said, smiling. "I should know, I built the bloody place."
PHOTO EDITING MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI; TEXT EDITING MARK HEINRICH; LAYOUT JULIA DALRYMPLE