Toolleen fire: Vineyard office beats the flames

Video of flames behind vineyard office

A little vineyard office captured in a video surrounded by fierce flames survived the Toolleen fire on Thursday.

Luke Wallis took pictures and video of the office at the height of Thursday's fire.

But Bendigo Advertiser photographer Peter Weaving has found the office undamaged on Friday.

Vineyard manager Bruce Farren said they "got off pretty lightly" as fire tore through the property on Thursday.

The fast-moving grass fire surrounded the Chinaman's Bend vineyard office and a neighbouring house.

The blaze destroyed a section of their vines and came within 20 metres of reaching the office.

Mr Farren said  he was at home in Bendigo when he saw footage of the flames on the 6pm news.

"I saw the vineyard and you could make out the office then everything was just black," he said.

"I think it looked worse than it actually was. We ended up getting off pretty lightly."

The couple that live in the neighbouring house were home at the time and said they were relieved the blaze bypassed them.

"I called them straight after seeing the news," Mr Farren said.

"By that stage they said it was largely contained."

"I think it was a bit of luck that it didn't come nearer."

Mr Farren said he was still cleaning up and assessing the damage Friday morning.

He said only a small section of their 70 hectares of Shiraz grapes were destroyed.

"The thing now will be preparing for Saturday, it sounds like it's going to be pretty horrible conditions,'' he said.

''We've got to do the cleaning so hopefully there's no flare ups."

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