As 20m-high flames surged towards Shaun's home in the Perth Hills, he started to think he might have made a terrible decision to stay and defend his property, when everyone in his street had fled.
Now, he is certain if he had not stayed and fought off the blaze with a sledgehammer, his home would have been lost along with so many others.
Shaun, who did not want his surname published, said that as he saw the blaze surging up the hill on Sunday he prepared to stand his ground by jumping in the pool to wet his clothes.
"As it came up, it was about 20m high," he told reporters outside his Stoneville home today.
"I just hid in the kitchen, got down low in the kitchen and let it go over the house."
Anything that was burning around the house, Shaun hit with a sledgehammer because he knew that if the fire got into the eaves, his home would be lost.
"You couldn't breathe, it took away all the oxygen," he said.
Shaun believed he was the only one who stayed in Fennell Court to defend property and said he was proud of his efforts.
"It was a hard decision whether to stay or whether to run," he said.
"But I wouldn't have a house now if I hadn't stayed."
Shaun's wife and two daughters fled.
And when the roaring flames were about 50m away, he thought he might be in deadly trouble.
He said his plan was to stay in the kitchen with three exits and dive into the pool if he had to.
Shaun said the smoke was "pretty bad", but there was only smoke damage inside his house.
"You could almost feel the air being sucked away from you," he said.
Many Stoneville properties were damaged or destroyed by Sunday's bushfire.
The inescapable smell of ash remains in the air, with blackened trees, burnt sheds and fences knocked over.
Many of the recently built homes were saved from the worst of the fire but others made of wood and tin did not survive.
Remnants of a roller door, a desk, a letterbox and a few pot plants were all that were left of a house in Cousins Place.
Yet houses around the razed property were still standing, with hardly any damage.
Other houses showed where flames had licked front doors, but the buildings were saved.
And Gilfellon Park at the end of Cousins Place was full of black trees with only a few small spots left untouched.