Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
An Adventist pastor is among the dozens of victims who have lost homes in what has been described as New South Wales’ worst bushfire crisis in more than a decade.
More than 90 fires were reported across the state yesterday, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
One of the worst affected areas was the suburb of Springwood, with fires destroying a number of properties including the home of Janusz Jagiello, pastor of Pendle Hill Polish and Warrimoo churches.
Earlier in the week, a member of Raymond Terrace church lost several sheds and a granny flat in a bushfire in Port Stephens.
“We’re just devastated by the impact these fires have had on the community, including our Adventist community,” said Pastor Michael Worker, president of the Greater Sydney Conference. “Our prayers go up for Pastor Jagiello and all those affected by these terrible events.”
Pastor Janusz Jagiello’s house was destroyed in a bushfire that ripped through Winmalee, Springwood, yesterday.
Cooler weather and easing winds have brought some relief to fire fighters, but a number of areas in Sydney’s north and south are still under threat.