First the floods, now a fire hurts Valley local

AFTER being caught up in the disastrous flood events earlier this year Mark Tully was dealt another heart-breaking blow last week after a fire completely gutted his Grantham home.

Mr Tully lost most of his possessions in January's floods and was in the process of moving from his Helidon property to his Grantham home.

However, when he returned Thursday night from a trip to Brisbane he heard that his home of 10 years and what was left of his possessions had burnt to the ground.

"I was in Brisbane buying a ute and drove back into Gatton late that evening and found out from a friend and police that my house had burnt down," he said.

"Not only was I flooded by the January floods where I lost a lot of animals and belongings but now with the fire I've lost the last of my own belongings.

"I lost the last of the things from my family too. I lost the last of my old books some of which were 150 to 300 years old on livestock and I've lost all of my records."

Mr Tully lost many of his rare-breed livestock and poultry in the floods earlier this year and lost a further 25 rare and endangered birds in a fire when much of the surrounding bushland was engulfed in flames.

However, Mr Tully was shocked to discover that none of his rare pigs had been harmed in the fire with a vet visiting the property to check over the animals.

Mr Tully hoped to move on from what had been a bad year and said he would continue to breed and champion the cause for the preservation and survival of many of his rare livestock and poultry.

"I've rebuilt from the floods so I suppose I'll try to have to rebuild again."



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