Hundreds of grateful community members gathered in Denmark at the weekend to help tired firefighters wash up after a gruelling few days battling a blaze near Denmark. Four homes were lost in the bushfire but 53 were saved, with relieved residents heaping praise on firefighters. The blaze, which started in Shadforth on the morning of February 4, caused widespread power outages and burned through about 2150ha over the next three days. On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered at McLean Park to help firefighters clean their vehicles. A little bit of summer rain did not stop local families flocking to the park to show their gratitude. South West MLC Alannah MacTiernan addressed the crowd at the event, acknowledging the “tremendous loss” experienced by some and the “extraordinary resilience” of the community. Shire of Denmark chief bush fire control officer Lez Baines said the fire was a “catastrophic” event. “Every single appliance across the Shire was on the fire ground,” he said. “We’ve got people hurting out there so I ask we be respectful of that and not go sight seeing and just be kind to each other.” Shire of Denmark president Ceinwen Gearon said the Shire was “eternally grateful” for the support of volunteers and local agencies. “We don’t feel lucky. We’ve got community members who have lost everything but we are grateful for the support we have and the community who did what we had to do,” she said. Ocean Beach Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade’s Hank Alberts made special mention of the behind-the-scene workers who spent 14 hours a day creating fire breaks.