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Ross Noble opens up about losing his house in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires

Celebrity Apprentice star Ross Noble reveals the agony of losing his house in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires

Celebrity Apprentice star Ross Noble has opened up about losing his home in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

The comedian, 45, told 9Now he lost his property and all his belongings during the fire, which burnt out 450,000 hectares of land in Victoria.

‘A few years ago, my wife and I lived in the country and we got caught up in Black Saturday and our house was completely destroyed,’ Ross said.

Disaster: Celebrity Apprentice star Ross Noble (pictured) has revealed the agony of losing his house in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires

‘We lost all of our stuff. There was a huge amount of tragedy that happened around us and a lot of our community were affected in some really terrible ways.’

Ross also revealed how the Australian Red Cross helped him by giving him a pair of boots to ‘walk around the smouldering remains of my house with’.

‘I only had sandals at the time and they gave me a lovely pair of boots that I was able to walk around the smouldering remains of my house with,’ he said.

‘I think about it every day. It’s one of those things that never goes away… We were incredibly lucky that we all stayed safe.’

Tragic: The comedian told 9Now he lost his property and all his belongings during the fire, which burnt out 450,000 hectares of land in Victoria

Tragic: The comedian told 9Now he lost his property and all his belongings during the fire, which burnt out 450,000 hectares of land in Victoria

The Black Saturday bushfires burnt out 450,000 hectares of land and destroyed 3,500 structures.

An estimated 400 fires swept through Victoria, destroying more than 2000 houses in its destructive path.

Of the 173 people killed including Channel Nine newsreader Brian Naylor, 113 were inside homes, 27 were outside houses and 11 in vehicles.

'We lost all of our stuff. There was a huge amount of tragedy that happened around us and a lot of our community were affected in some really terrible ways,' he said

‘We lost all of our stuff. There was a huge amount of tragedy that happened around us and a lot of our community were affected in some really terrible ways,’ he said

Another six were in garages, five near vehicles and five more on roadways.

Seven deaths occurred in bunkers, some of them specifically designed to protect against fires.

More than 60,000 hectares of pasture was also lost and 10,000km of fencing was destroyed or damaged. Almost 100,000 hectares of park was gone.

Crisis: Black Saturday burnt out 450,000 hectares of land and destroyed 3,500 structures. Pictured is the aftermath of Black Saturday in 2009

Crisis: Black Saturday burnt out 450,000 hectares of land and destroyed 3,500 structures. Pictured is the aftermath of Black Saturday in 2009

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