Australia wildfires: Moment terrified family were forced to take refuge

Clinging on for dear life: Moment terrified family were forced to take refuge in the water as Australian wildfire tore through their townTammy and Tim Holmes led their five grandchildren to safety as blaze destroyed their home in Dunalley, TasmaniaThey clung to each other and the jetty for more than two hours until they eventually found dinghy to flee fire zoneChildren's mother, who had left them with her parents while she attended a funeral, feared they had been killedCooler weather has brought temporary respite today after days of record temperatures in the south of countryBut 35,000 firefighters are now on standby in Queensland as searing heat is predicted to move north later today /s3665494.htm” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> Australia's ABC network: 'We just waited by the phone and received a message at 3.30pm to say that mum and dad had evacuated, that they were surrounded by fire, and could we pray. 'So I braced myself to lose my children and my parents.' Bracing themselves: The children prepare to enter the water to take refuge under the jetty as the wildfire rips through their grandparents' home Thanked God: The children's mother, Bonnie Walker, was unaware of the impending danger when she drove off to attend a funeral and feared her family had been killed when she heard of the devastation Divine intervention: A building burns near the jetty