Firefighters Who Saved House From Bushfire Leave Milk Apology Note

by : Lucy Connolly on : 12 Nov 2019 09:32
Firefighters Who Saved House From Bushfire Leave Milk Apology NoteFirefighters Who Saved House From Bushfire Leave Milk Apology NotePA/Paul Sekfy/Facebook

A man has shared the hilarious note left to him by firefighters who saved his Australian home from bushfires, after they drank all of his milk.


Paul Sekfy’s home was caught up in the bushfires currently tearing through a vast area of Australia’s east coast, with more than 85 blazes in the state of New South Wales alone.

The bushfire crisis has so far left at least three people dead and has destroyed hundreds of homes, with the state bracing itself for ‘catastrophic’ conditions set to hit later on today, November 12.

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So when Paul Sekfy returned to his New South Wales home over the weekend, he expected the worst – but instead was relieved to find a heartwarming note from firefighters on his kitchen table instead.


The note, signed by the Urunga Rural Fire Service (RFS), read:

It was our pleasure to save your house. Sorry that we could not save your sheds. Urunga RFS.

There was also a ‘P.S.’ at the bottom of the note, apologising for drinking all of his milk: ‘P.S. We owe you some milk.’ Despite the lack of dairy products, Sekfy said the note was the best he had received ‘since the morning after my wedding’ – so I’ll leave it up to you guys to guess what he means by that.

The post – which went viral after being shared 4,500 times – eventually reached the fireman who claims to be behind the note.

In a comment beneath the picture, Kale Hardie-Porter – who said he was one of a group of four firefighters – said the Facebook post had ‘made [his] day’, saying his crew ‘did the best we could with what we had’.

He continued:

We took refuge in your house for a moment and that’s when we discovered the fridge… Again it was our pleasure to do a little good in such horrendous conditions. All the best in future!

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The firefighter also apologised for his ‘shocking’ handwriting, adding: ‘It was late and [I] couldn’t see a thing!’ Although to be honest, I’m sure that was the last thing on the homeowner’s mind!

Although Mr Sekfy’s home was saved, others haven’t been so lucky; approximately six million people live in the region, with many forced to flee their homes before the fires escalate. More than 600 schools are closed across the state.

Authorities say they are now facing what could be ‘the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen’, with at least 11 emergency warnings being issued so far today warning people their lives were in imminent danger.

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Fire chiefs have warned the worst is yet to come, with forecasts of up to 37°C expected in some areas and possible late changes in wind direction.

Our thoughts are with those affected by these devastating fires.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Life, Australia, Australian Bushfires, Facebook, Firefighters, Funny, Viral


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