Australian family take shelter in sea as wildfires destroy beach house

As scores of fires continued to burn the length of eastern Australia today, a remarkable survival story emerged from Tasmania, where five young children escaped a blaze that destroyed about 90 properties in their village by sheltering under a boat jetty with their grandparents.

Tim and Tammy Holmes were looking after the children in the fishing village of Dunalley last Friday when they noticed smoke rising from a nearby ridge. Not long afterwards, “we saw tornadoes of fire just coming across towards us,” said Mr Holmes, 62. “The next thing we knew, everything was on fire all around us.”