A bush fire on Kangaroo Island raged from North of Parndana towards Snelling's beach on Thursday February 8

Close call: The blackened and smouldering vegetation at the entrance to Hannaford and Sachs. Photo: Hannaford and Sachs.

Close call: The blackened and smouldering vegetation at the entrance to Hannaford and Sachs. Photo: Hannaford and Sachs.

The fierce bush fire that raged from North of Parndana towards Snelling’s beach on Thursday February 8, caused massive concern to KI residents for their friends and family in the area around Middle River.

Many were worried as the fire was approaching the well-loved restaurant and venue, Hannaford and Sachs with its historic buildings and of course, famous enchanted fig tree.

A facebook post from Hannaford and Sachs says:

“Today has been an eye opening experience.

“Never have we witnessed such a ferocious force as the fire that ravaged our property and surrounding hillside.

“We are so deeply grateful to all of the courageous volunteers of the CFS and Snelling’s locals that combatted the beast in unison.

“We can report that all of our team are safe and well and to our knowledge so are our neighbours and friends.

“At this time despite certain speculation, the origin of the fire is unknown.

“We are also happy to announce that the Fig Tree and the Shearing Shed survived the blaze.

“Our thoughts go out to all of those that share Snelling’s with us as a home.

“We will be taking a short hiatus to discover more about the incident that occurred and will be closed until further notice. Best. H&S

The Islander spoke to Sasha Sachs who said, “We are all shocked and devastated.

“Thankfully nobody was hurt and the buildings are unharmed as is the fig tree, which is still standing. 

“The fire consumed 75 hectares of land which is still black and smouldering all around.

The CFS and our staff were all amazing and they all pulled together to help.”

There is a risk of a Westerly change later today which could mean the fire might change direction.

The Islander will keep residents informed as to its progress.