Bargo's Geoff Webb is quite the collector.
Between his array of old-school video games, a plethora of model airplanes, footy memorabilia gathered during his 15-year love affair with the St George Illawarra Dragons and a bunch of records for playing on his vintage Juke Box, the 72-year-old has more than enough toys to fill a shed or two on his Remembrance Drive property.
Or, he did have.
The Webbs lost their home of 15 years to the raging Green Wattle Creek bushfire on Thursday afternoon, and with it, a life time's worth of collectibles.
Fire tore through the property in a matter of minutes, burning the timber house to the ground, along with the multiple sheds and shipping containers used to store Mr Webb's prized collections.
The family only learned of the destruction when they saw a picture (above) of their house ablaze on the front page of the Mercury the following day.
"I recognised the house immediately," Mr Webb said on Sunday as he sifted through the charred remains of what was once his hobby room.
"It's not the fact that it [the house] is gone - it was insured - and now it means my wife will get a nice new one.
"But my games and my models - they are irreplaceable.
"But what do you do? It's gone. You just start all over again.
"I'm 72, starting all over again.
The Webbs are among dozens left homeless after the erratic and unprecedented Green Wattle Creek blaze advanced on several Wollondilly townships during its incessant march south, all but wiping out Balmoral during Saturday's catastrophic fire danger day.
Crews remained in the tiny village on Sunday and access was restricted to residents only with a police escort.