VIDEO, PHOTOS: 'Lost everything': Car fire burns disabled man's camp site
FIRE crews from Tannum Sands have left the scene where a 71-year-old man lost everything after his car caught on fire while camping on the Benaraby River.
He couldn't put out the fire and it continued to rip through his tent and trailer.
It was soon burning in the scrub moving down the hill towards the river bank.
Rural Fire Fighters have back burned and have it under control.
A 71-YEAR-old man with a disability "lost everything" when his car caught alight, spreading to his trailer, and then to bushland before burning his tent.
Police are searching for temporary accommodation for the elderly man, who has been camping on the banks of Boyne River, just outside Benaraby, for about two weeks.
LISTEN: Reporter Campbell Gellie is at the scene of a bush fire that tore through a man's camp site:
The man, who declined to be named, said he "tried to put it out with all of the water I had: drinking water, dishwashing water, and showering water".
He said because he had a disability he could not climb down to Boyne River to retrieve more water to control the blaze.
"I wouldn't be able to get back up," he said.
He said he stood behind a tree, about 50m from his burning car, to call 000.
But it was too late to save any of his belongings before firefighters arrived.
A CAR fire at Marrawing, nine minutes south of Benaraby, has rapidly spread to surrounding bushland on the banks of Boyne River at Benaraby.
Fire crews are struggling to control the blaze.
The car is burnt out. It is not known if anyone has been injured.
More to come
FIRE crews are rushing to a car fire at Marrawing, nine minutes south of Benaraby.
Police and ambulance have also been notified about the fire.
Initial reports suggest there is a gas bottle on board the vehicle.
More to come