Victoria has been hit this week by the highest temperatures and most intense bushfires in the state’s recorded history.  Around 200 dead, 1800 houses destroyed – and it is far from over.  

As shown in this video, Jim Baruta was caught in the middle of it and managed to survive  in a purpose-built bunker.  

As it happens, he’s also the manager of Quist’s Coffee in Little Collins St. where I’ve been getting my daily fix for the past year or so.  

Watch the video.   It is truly extraordinary, and quite moving.