A newsreader in Australia’s south-west who had to be evacuated from her house after a fire broke out has been honoured with a special Mango Mango video tribute.
Key points:Amber Mowatt, 33, was one of three Mango News readers who were evacuated in the past weekThe family were among the first to be told the fire was a “fire and not a lightning strike”The family spent a week on the runThe family have received a special gift of a specially designed Mango television stand.
The Mango Entertainment Group is celebrating the newsreader’s life by creating a special video tribute to her.
“The people who came and gave us the most beautiful words, they have never stopped loving her, they’ve never stopped believing in her,” her family said.
“She will always be remembered as a big piece the cake, she will always remain the inspiration for everyone in Australia.”
The Mangellas live in Sydney’s south west and they have been on the go for the past few weeks.
They were told by the fire brigade they were in danger of being evacuated and had been warned they would be “damaged beyond repair”.
“We were told they had to evacuate us because they were burning up and that was not true,” Amber’s mother Sarah said.
The family was given three days to get to safety, and were then taken by ambulance to a safe location.
“We went to a shelter and got into the car,” Ms Mowat said.”[It was] a really nice place.
I remember seeing a picture of the house and the fire trucks.
It was a big beautiful thing.”
The family decided to stay put and had to take a special decision to get them to a nearby motel.
“They came up and they were just saying, ‘Come on we’ve got to go’,” Ms Mwatt said.
Amber has a heart condition and had surgery in September to repair the damage caused to her heart.
“When we went to the emergency room we thought, ‘Oh, we’re going to die’,” Ms Smith said.
They returned home a few days later and were told to stay in the home while the fire crews went out.
“It was very stressful, we were told it would be worse,” Ms Smith added.
“But when they came out they had no clothes on, they didn’t have their shoes on, there was no shoes, nothing.”
She said Amber’s condition improved in the weeks that followed and she has since been in stable condition.
“I think she’s got a bit of a recovery going on, she’s been on medication, she has some physical therapy and is feeling a bit better,” she said.