Rising from the ashes

Unless you have experienced a house fire, it is difficult to understand just how quickly flames can spread or the way deadly smoke turns a familiar room into a black, claustrophobic maze.

Then there is the sound, a multi-toned roar punctuated by the cracks and snaps of windows imploding and things falling off walls.

Brooke and Rebecca Mitchell remember these things vividly despite it being more than 10 years since they escaped a house fire that should have killed them both.