The Siblings Rebuilding Their Lives After Devastating Fire Took Their Dad And Their Home
When a fire claimed the life of their beloved dad, Jake and Sarah Brown were left not only orphaned, but without their family home as well.
The siblings, Sarah, 22, and Jake, 20, live in the small country town of Dalton, near Yass in the NSW Southern Tablelands.
Their sheep farmer dad, David, couldn't be saved when their house burned down in July, leaving them orphaned and without their family home.
In a moving piece to be broadcast on Sunday night, The Sunday Project visited the siblings, who have been battling adversity for most of their lives.
Their mother Vivien, died from motor neurone disease in 2015, and David had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Sarah was the primary carer for both her parents.
"From the moment that I woke up to the moment that I went to bed, it was Dad... my days were centred around Dad," she said.
"That's going to be the hardest thing for me, just being without him."
But the support from the Dalton community has meant they can try and rebuild their lives in the place where their family has lived for decades.
"Six or seven generations for their father going back to that ancestor who was the preacher who came out... really one of the founders of this settlement," local farmer Vince said.
"We want to bring that back to them if we can."
For Sarah and Jake, there was no question about whether they would continue to live in Dalton.
"Dad was proud of this place... it'd do him proud to build another house in that same spot," Sarah said.
"For me it was just straight away, it wasn’t even a question in my head. This is home."
But Jake admits it's unlikely they'll ever be "normal" again.
"It’s sort of like we’re starting again really," he said.
"It won’t be like it used to be. It’s like we’re creating everything all over again."