This is what remains of former Central Comets player Luke Dyer's family home at The Blue Mountains in NSW.
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This is what remains of former Central Comets player Luke Dyer's family home at The Blue Mountains in NSW. Photo Contributed

Ex-Capras player's memories in ruins due to NSW mega-fires

MORE than 30 years of memories lie beneath a charred pile of rubble at Luke Dyer's parents' house.

Signed Australian rugby union jerseys, family photos, rugby league memorabilia, everything - gone.

Calliope-based Luke, 32, was a centre for the former Central Queensland Capras rugby league team, Central Comets, in 2011.

His parents' house in the small Blue Mountains settlement of Yellow Rock, in New South Wales, was among more than 80 homes destroyed by a sweeping fire that ripped through the lower end of the western Sydney suburb on Thursday.

Luke's mother Felicity Dyer raced back to her home to check the fire hadn't touched her home. It hadn't. She safely locked up her pets at her home and went to check on her shaken and distressed neighbours.

Former Central Comets centre Luke Dyer (right) with his family: from left brother Blake Dyer and sister-in-law Kelsey Dyer. Luke's parents Jeff and Felicity Dyer and Luke's wife Sarah (second from right).
Former Central Comets centre Luke Dyer (right) with his family: from left brother Blake Dyer and sister-in-law Kelsey Dyer. Luke's parents Jeff and Felicity Dyer and Luke's wife Sarah (second from right).

She called her husband Jeff and told him the house was still standing.

When she turned towards her house from the neighbours', she saw flames darting through the roof.

It didn't take long for the roof to cave in before the fire swallowed her newly-constructed home.

Felicity collected her pets and sought refuge at a neighbouring nursery canteen designed to withstand fires. Her husband couldn't get through to her for about five hours.

Luke's wife Sarah, who on Monday spoke to The Morning Bulletin, said when Luke's mum rang her from the nursery canteen, Felicity was safe and sound with her cat and dog.

Luke flew to New South Wales to be with his family yesterday.

Luke works for Bechtel on Curtis Island, Gladstone. Luke's brother Blake lives in Yeppoon with wife Kelsey. They also flew to Sydney.
 


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