Celebrity Apprentice: Ross Noble opens up about losing his home in the Black Saturday 2009 bushfires
Celebrity Apprentice star Ross Noble has opened up about the loss of his home in the Black Saturday 2009 bushfires.
The comedian, 45, told 9Now he lost his property and all of his belongings during the bushfire, which burned 450,000 hectares of land in Victoria.
“A few years ago my wife and I were living in the country and we got caught up in Black Saturday and our house was completely destroyed,” Ross said.
Celebrity apprentice: Ross Noble (pictured) opened up about the loss of his home in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires
“We lost all of our things. There has been a huge tragedy that has happened around us and a large part of our community has been affected in a truly terrible way.
Ross also revealed how the Australian Red Cross had helped him by giving him a pair of boots to ‘walk around with the smoldering remains of my house’.
“I only had sandals at the time and they gave me a nice pair of boots that I could walk around the smoking remains of my house,” he said.
‘I think about it every day. It’s one of those things that never goes away … We were all incredibly lucky to be all safe.
Tragic: The comedian told 9Now he lost his property and all his belongings during the bushfire, which burned 450,000 hectares of land in Victoria
Black Saturday burned 450,000 hectares of land and destroyed 3,500 structures.
An estimated 400 fires swept through Victoria, destroying more than 2,000 homes on its destructive path.
Of the 173 people killed, including Channel Nine presenter Brian Naylor, 113 were inside homes, 27 outside homes and 11 in vehicles.
“We lost all of our things. There has been a huge tragedy that has happened around us and a large part of our community has been affected in a really terrible way, ”he said.
Six others were in garages, five near vehicles and five on roads.
Seven deaths occurred in bunkers, some of which were specially designed to protect against fires.
Over 60,000 hectares of pasture have also been lost and 10,000 km of fences have been destroyed or damaged. Almost 100,000 hectares of park have disappeared.
Crisis: Black Saturday burned down 450,000 hectares of land and destroyed 3,500 structures. In the photo, the consequences of Black Saturday in 2009