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Fleeing for their lives

By Riverine Herald

Echuca family watched in horror as a former twin towns’ resident filmed herself fleeing for her life, surrounded by fire during the catastrophic NSW bushfires.
 

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Toni Kearney’s Echuca family watched in horror as the former twin towns’ resident filmed herself fleeing for her life, surrounded by fire during the catastrophic NSW bushfires.

Toni and her partner filmed themselves driving out of a flaming Nymboida, a small town near Grafton.

“Our house is still standing,” she said after escaping the flames.

“We lost a fair bit, but not as much as our neighbours.

“Only two houses are still standing on our road. Our community lost about 100 houses."

Toni also apologised for some of her comments on the video as “I was a little scared”.

As soon as she got clear, the volunteer firefighter re-joined her fellow firies back on the frontline, trying to contain the bushfire from spreading any further.

Her Echuca cousin, Nicole McCormick, who watched breathless as Toni escaped the flames, said not only was she back in the fight, she had already given her house to a family who lost theirs.

She has told them they can stay for at least the next few weeks.

“She’s my bloody hero,” Nicole said.