Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

Fire that almost wiped out entire Australian town is finally extinguished. Brave volunteer firefighters from Country Fire Association in Mallacoota in East Gippsland, Victoria announced the news on Tuesday afternoon following an exhausting week-long battle. The Australian bushfires seemed like an unstoppable force that was destroying everything in its path. Despite this, millions upon millions of people fought the catastrophe any way they could. Like many others in Australia, Casey Kirchhoff too had to flee her home because of the bushfires. However, in the midst of this whole chaos, a Twitter story surfaced showing that perhaps not all hope is lost. Casey Kirchhoff, a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales and Australian alpine plant enthusiast, recently posted pictures of what was left of her home.

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

For some reason, the bushfires ravaging Wingello decided to claim Kirchhoff’s house… but not her garden. Nor her greenhouse. Whether it was divine intervention or nature’s way of fighting back, the wildfires decided to not be destructive for once, leaving hope for people that perhaps not everyone will have to rebuild from scratch. When she returned to her home, she found everything burned down… except for parts of her garden.

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

Casey Kirchhoff had to flee her home due to the bushfires coming towards Wingello, a village in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Together with her also came her three adorable dogs, Billy, Evig, and Cookie, her hen Charcoal and three chicks Spark, Ember, and Flame, as well as a family of 7 quail birds. She also managed to save some of her beloved flora like various pepper plants and her seed collection.

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

After fleeing, she received a call that her house was gone, but was not sure about the garden until she went there personally. Much to her (and our) surprise, parts of her garden were completely unscathed. Pictures show that her grandmother’s Colebrookdale setting, the bunting (somehow), rose arbors, fences and gate were left intact. Even some of the pumpkins and flowers avoided the raging fires.

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

As of this post, a number of people extended their help to Kirchhoff, offering any support that they can. Luckily, Casey had accommodations, food, water, fuel, and everything that she needed already, so she urged the people willing to help to help those who are in much more dire situations.

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse

Woman Shares A Heart-Wrenching Story About How The Australian Fires Destroyed Her Home But Not Her Greenhouse


Kirchhoff soon took to Instagram to explain the situation that she was in and called for change. She said:

“The current bushfire crisis in Australia is unprecedented. I’ve been watching in absolute horror since August as the fires rage, consuming everything in their path regardless of whether hazard reduction burns had recently been conducted or not. Severe drought conditions are exacerbated by climate change, which is influencing the climatic processes that govern rainfall in Australia. We’ve experienced one degree of warming, which is expected to climb. We’ve literally had decades to act on climate change, yet world leaders drag their feet, the worst of all being Australia. We needed action on climate change decades ago. But since we can’t have that, we need it NOW.”

Also read: How the world has responded to the Australia fires crisis

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