France wildfires: 'We thought the house was a goner', says Julia Hartley-Brewer's dad

France wildfires: 'We thought the house was a goner', says Mike Hartley-Brewer

Julia's dad was evacuated after a new fire erupted in southeast France

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The father of Julia Hartley-Brewer said how he thought his house was a "goner" as wildfires engulfed areas in the south of France.

The French authorities are battling to contain the flames, which continue to rage in areas across the French Riviera - near to St Tropez and other places -  and on the island of Corsica.

An estimated 10,000 people were evacuated as a new fire erupted overnight in the Var region. 

Mike Hartley-Brewer, who is currently staying in Cap Benat near to the city of Toulon in the region, was among those evacuated, and told of how he acted quickly once he was informed about the fire by the authorities. 

He told Julia: "We didn’t delay, we were out the door within a minute with the vitals like car keys and mobile phones.

"We got to the local town of Le Lavandou and installed in a car park with hundreds of other evacuees, from which we could see the smoke billowing up and the flames beginning to rise over the hillside.

"We watched this for quite some time, the wind was blowing it, 40 or 50 miles an hour gusts which were whipping up the flames.

"We thought the house was a goner."

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