PHOTOS: Portman saves house, but others not so lucky
- 13th February 2009, 1:27pm
Victorian competitor, Steve White, not only lost his house in the fires, but also eight Saabs, including his immaculately presented works-replica rally car.
But among all the tragedy, there are some stories to put a smile on your face.
Two-time Australian Rally Champion, Geoff Portman, was at home on his own at Kinglake as the fires raged.
Portman, a former forester, did an amazing job keeping the fires from his house, despite around 80 per cent of his property being burnt. â€œPortholesâ€ not only saved house, but every shed and animal on the property.
Of the 12 houses directly around the Portmans, only two survived.
The photos below were taken by Geoffâ€™s daughter Jamie, and show the almost total devastation in Toolangi, including the Portmanâ€™s neighbourâ€™s house.
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