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What it's like inside a killer bushfire: Terrifying moment the sky turns black and embers start raining down as cameraman runs past a wall of fire to escape death

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/11/2019 2:53:00 Charlotte Karp

a close up of a stop sign lit up at sunset: Footage from inside the home where cameraman Lachlan Thorburn took refuge with another in Wallabi Point © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedFootage from inside the home where cameraman Lachlan Thorburn took refuge with another in Wallabi Point A cameraman has recalled the eerie moment the sky turned black and he was forced to make a desperate sprint to safety as a raging bushfire closed in on him. 

Channel Seven cameraman Lachlan Thorburn was speaking with families trying to protect their homes while filming the bushfires at Wallabi Point in northern NSW on Saturday.

He was talking to a man hosing down a house when the sky suddenly went dark.

'You could definitely hear it before you could see it,' he told 7 News.

'You think it couldn't get more terrifying when it starts glowing and when it gets loud and the sky goes completely dark, as if it's night.'

a close up of a fire: The Royal Fire Service warned people in the area to take immediate action to protect themselves (pictured: firefighters at Wallabi Point last week) © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedThe Royal Fire Service warned people in the area to take immediate action to protect themselves (pictured: firefighters at Wallabi Point last week) The Channel Seven cameraman ran into the house with the Wallabi Point local.

Having seen a lot of houses burn to the ground since last week, he quickly realised they might not be safe inside.

'When I looked out the window and saw the immensity of the wall of fire, I didn't know if it would be safe to stay in the house.'

He knew there was no grass surrounding the houses in town and locals had cleared their gutters, so the group made a run for it.

'I knew if I could get through the treeline and there was no grass I'd be fine.' 

an orange sunset in the background: Mr Thorburn described the moment he was surrounded by a wall of flames in Wallabi Point © Provided by Associated Newspapers LimitedMr Thorburn described the moment he was surrounded by a wall of flames in Wallabi Point

Mr Thorburn was wearing fire safety gear and was protected from the embers raining from the sky, but the local man had nothing to protect his skin and suffered minor burns. 

Fires in Wallabi Point are still in a state of emergency. 

The Royal Fire Service warned people in the area to take immediate action to protect themselves.

Three people have died in the NSW bushfires so far.  

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11. marraskuuta 2019 4:53:00 Categories: Daily Mail RTBF info - societe

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