«With the help of my son we managed to take her here.» Her 81-year-old father was also taken to the tank.
The winds were so strong, she said, that roofs of the houses were blown out. «It was like a horror movie».
‘Indescribable devastation’: Fire survivor Gareth Roberts’ tale
We found ourselves stranded in a village called Mó Grande, just off of the IC8 motorway; ourselves and others were directed there by an officer from the IC8.
As we drove up the mountain road you could see the flames jumping across from one side of the valley to the other. The accompanying wind threw branches at the car but you couldn’t stop, you could feel the heat.
Eventually we reached the small village at a crossroads surrounded by fire. Locals and ourselves were crying, overwhelmed by the heat and speed of the fire. It was dark, so dark, among the flames.
The devastation was indescribable. People, bewildered, remains of homes burning uncontrollably, concrete posts exploding over roads.