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Homestead owner devastated
Fire destroys Southampton Homestead yesterday. Picture: Seven News

The owner of Southampton Homestead has spoken of his devastation after fire razed his historic property, but says he is heading home to join the community firefighting effort.

From London where he is on a business trip, owner Jeff Pow said his family and friends were heartbroken by the news.

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Mr Pow, a former career firefighter and now a member of his local volunteer brigade, thanked the firefighters who tried to save the 150-year-old homestead.

He said he was looking forward to getting home so he could help his brigade colleagues contain the blaze.

“We were on business in London and so unable to defend or assist the gallant firefighting efforts of friends and neighbours, who have put their lives on the line fighting to save our home,” Mr Pow said.

“As new farmers, we are also deeply distressed by the injuries sustained by the many varieties of animals on the farm and at a dream literally gone up in flames.”

Mr Pow was last night trying to organise a vet to assess the animals while he made his way back from London to Perth.

He said everyone had safely evacuated before the flames took hold.

Mr Pow said Southampton was a place "where family and friends slowed down".

"It is such a beautiful setting - we're all just devastated," he said.

The homestead, which was built in 1862 and is about 12km south of Balingup, was one of two properties destroyed yesterday.

Historic Southampton Homestead before the blaze.