Fire at Carapook, 1900
"The WEST WIMMERA MAIL and NATIMUK and GOROKE ADVERTISER"
FRIDAY February 2nd, 1900
A pitiable story comes from Casterton. Some eight miles distant in the vicinity of Carapook, a small township, a fire started on Sunday, and fanned by the strong Northerly wind quickly spread. The fire started at Turkey Bottom Creek, and invaded the Phoines estate and the Bella Vista estate, doing considerable damage, Chiefly to grass and stock. The fire than turned towards Carapook where there are several large farms, Mr. HUTTON lost 160 acres of crop, five stacks being completely consumed and only a part of the homestead is left undamaged.
Mr. GIBBS was, however, the greatest sufferer of all, for besides losing all his crop, he lost homestead, machinery, buggy, waggons and everything in fact. The family were only saved by taking shelter under a spring, whereby continually throwing water over themselves, they escaped with their lives.
Mr. McNICHOLLS suffered considerably in grass and Mr. ARDEN lost his woolshed. Mrs. COTTER and LEE lost all their crop, about 1500 bags and some buildings, but saved their horses one of which was valuable stallion. The fire then entered the Muntham Estate, invading the fattening paddocks, but leaving the homestead on the right unscathed. The fire than proceeded through the Estate, and was making in the direction of Coleraine. A number of men went from Casterton to assist in putting out the flames but their efforts had to be chiefly confined to saving stock and homesteads. Last night Casterton was well lighted from the reflection of the fire, not withstanding the fact that it was some 8 miles distant.