Bushfire survivor devises bunker

Bushfire survivor devises bunker

27 February 2009

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — A survivor of the deadly Ash Wednesday bushfires has designed a bunker which he hopes could be a haven for people caught in a future disaster.

Phil Horan was trapped by the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 and has now developed an insulated shelter which he says is fire-resistant for up to four hours and can hold six people and any family pets.

Mr Horan says the shelter has its own air supply.

“We feel that if you have either physically lost control of the fire or emotionally lost control, so you don’t feel in control any longer, you have a place to go which is an alternative to fleeing in your car,” he said.

A shelter could cost up to $20,000.

The Adelaide Hills council says it is considering fast-tracking approvals for such shelters.

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