An Englishman killed in devastating bushfires in Western Australia's south picked up two other victims in his car after theirs wouldn't start, his family has revealed.
Tom Butcher, 31, had been fighting the blaze on the morning of his death before going back to the farm where he and Norwegian Anna Winther, 29, and 19-year-old German Julia Kohrs-Lichte worked, so he could save his girlfriend's horse Cougar.
Mr Butcher's sister Jess Greenaway told 6PR on Tuesday the two women tried to leave the property earlier on November 18 but experienced car trouble and decided to travel with her brother.
"They were planning on leaving half an hour before Tom left. They got in Anna's car and tried to start the car but it wouldn't start," she said.
Ms Greenaway said there were two routes into Esperance and her brother chose to turn right, which cost the trio their lives.
Mr Butcher's mother Sharon Boak, who was in Perth with Ms Greenaway on Tuesday, said she planned to visit the coastal town with about 15 family members in coming days for a small beach service to remember her son.
His ashes will be left in Australia, where he wanted to become a citizen, she said.
"Tom had fought so long and hard to stay in Australia ... I feel that's where he wants to be," she said.
"Tom said he was living the dream and his dream was Australian outback bush life."
Ms Boak also said she planned to write to the federal government and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the handling of the fire.
"I'm not blaming anyone for Tom's death but I do have concerns with how the fire was handled in the early days," she said.
A fourth victim, Kym "Freddy" Curnow, died separately in the same fire after warning people away from the blaze, and was farewelled by a huge crowd at his funeral in Esperance on Friday.