Lost home just stuff: top cop


YARLOOP’S top cop is among the town’s residents who lost their homes in the inferno.

Sergeant Ross Adam, an officer with 36 years’ experience, was holidaying in Albany when the news reached him.

“There is utter destruction here, including my house,” he told The Sunday Times.

“My house has burnt to the ground.

“But at the end of the day, it’s just stuff, your belongings is just stuff ... it hasn’t got a heartbeat and I will just have to work hard to replace it.”

Sgt Adam’s beloved dog, Bella, who he had rescued and nurtured back to health several months ago, was safe.

“She was dumped outside the police station and I rescued her from death’s door,” he said.

“She is safe and sound at my son’s house in Rockingham.”

Sgt Adam said he loved the town of Yarloop, where he has been the officer-in-charge for 3½ years.

Yarloop police said there have been no reports of looting.