Fire guts Mt Molloy home
AWARD-winning local underwater film-maker Ross Isaacs is big in Japan.
Two of Ross’ documentaries will be broadcast on national broadcaster NHK later this year, along with an interview to be filmed in Port Douglas later this month.
The films and interview will be aired as part of series titled Great Cinematographers of the World.
“It’s pretty cool,” Ross admitted.
“It’s a great privilege, actually, after years of chipping away, to get that sort of international recognition.”
Ross is not a complete stranger to international accolades, having been recognised as Best Director at the 2009 Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival in Paris.
He was also nominated for an Emmy in 2003 for Best Cinematography.
One of the docos, ’Humpbacks - From Fire to Ice” Ross produced and directed in 2008 with narration by legendary wildlife presenter David Attenborough.
“Lost Years - a Sea Turtle Odyssey” produced by Brisbane based Gulliver Media, was filmed over two years with the assistance of world turtle expert Dr Col Limpus.
“We helped solve the mystery of where marine turtles from the Great Barrier Reef go after they hatch,” Ross explains.
“After the baby turtles leave their birth beach, no-one sees them for 15 years. A LOCAL family from Mount Molloy have lost everything after watching their home burn down on Monday morning.
Michael Bradley, the owner of the home on Peninsula Development Road, is a local handyman and lawn mower who started his week by mowing the lawns outside of the local Post Office.
The woman who was working at the Post Office soon received a phone call and yelled out to him ’Michael, your house is on fire’.
“At first I thought it was a joke and then the woman said to me that the fire brigade were on their way and that my neighbour had called triple 000.”
“When I arrived on the scene all I could see was my house in flames and a lot of emergency services surrounding it. “I have lived there for 15 years.” The fire was reported at 8am and emergency services from Mossman, Port Douglas, Mount Molloy and Mareeba attended to extinguish the blaze.
An officer from the Mossman fire station who helped extinguish the blaze said the fire was extremely intense by the time they arrived.
“It is difficult to describe an extreme fire but if you were to put your hand in front of you, you wouldn’t be able to see it,” he said.
Officers were initially given ’soft’ information and could not confirm if Mr Bradley was in the home therefore two fire fighters entered the blaze to ensure the property was empty.
“No one was injured, however the fire severely damaged the house internally,” the officer said.
Both Mr Bradley and his partner Veronica Calway are devastated by the fire and described the feeling as ’numb’.
“We are both just in shock at the moment. There is nothing left of the house, we have lost everything. It is the little things that you can’t replace like family photos, the kid’s birth certificates and our family pets,” he said.
They both share a 19 year old son and a 7 year old daughter who are still struggling to believe that it has happened.
“We would like to thank all of the emergency services, the fire stations, the police and the ambulances who were involved on the day, especially to those officers who entered the blaze,” Mr Bradley said.
“The community has been really supportive to us and we are just very thankful to be around such friendly neighbours who have offered us their homes, their clothes and food for the table,” he said.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated by emergency services.
Recognised: Ross uses rebreather SCUBA units to
get close to the action