Cabarita on alert, fires threaten

STREETS were closed, people were evacuated from hotels and houses were hosed down, but Cabarita Beach retained its laid-back vibe yesterday as fires burned metres from homes.

The mood was more of curiosity than panic and the steak continued cooking on a barbecue at one Tamarind Street house, as guests hosed down the deck and roof.

Jason Brenton, from Brisbane said dousing the property was a safety precaution in case the fire turned.

“One of the local guys said ‘just be prepared just in case the wind changes’. “Hopefully not much will come of it,” Mr Brenton said.

The party first noticed the blaze as they swam in the pool and flames began shooting up at the edge of the fire break. The blaze had moved away from houses and it appeared the home was safe.

Helen and Jim Scott, from Kenthurst, packed up their Tamarind Sands unit and parked their car up the street as smoke billowed around the area.

“It was suggested we leave. They told us to close the windows, take anything we need and leave,” Mr Scott said.



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