Derek Hynd loses house in fire, plus all worldly belongings
Two nights ago, just past the stroke of midnight, a fire broke out in Derek Hynd's house in the Byron hinterland town of Myocum.
The fire razed the house to the ground, though the occupants - DH and his son Lachlan - were safe. A neighbour's dog perished in the blaze.
Also lost was DH's lifelong collection of writing, memorabila, and surfcraft, which considering his role in surfing constitutes an enormous loss.
At least one of the Skip Frye 'Litmus' fish has been lost (the second one may have been spared, its location is TBC), and all Derek's own Friction Free boards were fuel for the fire.
More urgent are necessities such as a water tank, a wheelchair for a friend who lost it in the blaze, plus home computer.
DH recently survived a bout of throat cancer, an ordeal touched on in the documentary, 'Beyond Litmus'.