House destroyed in Toodyay bushfire

The scene above Toodyay, 90 kilometres east of Perth. Photo: Rebecca O’DonovanThe bushfire which destroyed a house at Toodyay on Tuesday has been downgraded with fire fighters now in control of the blaze

The fire in southern Toodyay was brought under control on Tuesday night, but had already destroyed at least one house and three sheds and burned through 140 hectares of property.

Around 90 fire fighters remained on the scene overnight and will continue to monitor the fire on Wednesday.

An emergency warning from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services was issued about 2.30pm on Tuesday for Salt Valley Road, Challeon Lane, Panorama View, Hoddy Well Road and Sandplain Road in the Shire of Toodyay, about 90 kilometres east of Perth.

Nicole Blain, who lives in Toodyay said the fire “went up really, really quick”.

She said from the town, the fire was about 10 minutes down the road but she could see thick black smoke.

“There are helicopters overhead and water bombers,” Ms Blain said.

She said there had not been a lot of activity in the town as many roads were blocked due to the ferocity of the fire.

Ms Blain said locals had been aware of the high fire risk today especially because of the winds in the area.

“It’s so windy, it’s been really bad all day,” she said.

Jodie Lucas, an employee at Toodyay’s Victoria Hotel also said the fire seemed to have started quickly.

She said the main street was quiet but smoke could be seen from the upstairs verandah.

Ms Lucas said while there was a lot of bushland in the South Toodyay area, there was some farmland with homesteads in the area.

Firefighters were also called to a blaze on Patterson Road in Rockingham on Tuesday which closed Patterson Road southbound at Office Road.

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