VICTORIA'S first bushfire victim since Black Saturday has been remembered as a loving grandfather.Firefighters are battling against the clock to build containment lines ahead of another dangerous week.
Stan Hayhurst was killed in his car as fire swept through Seaton in the early hours of Friday.
Son-in-law Wayne Favaro described Mr Hayhurst as a doting grandfather.
"He meant the world to our kids and his loss is going to leave a big hole in all our lives," he said.
The 84-year old was alone at the family retreat he built on 2ha 20 years ago.
The devastating fire had consumed 56,000ha in Gippsland and destroyed at least 21 homes last night.
With temperatures set to rise into the mid-30s, aided by strong winds on Thursday, firefighters have warned there is no end in sight for the killer fire.
Mr Hayhurst's wife of 47 years, Annette, said she was baffled as to why he did not flee the fire earlier.
"We just don't understand why he did not leave. The house next door hasn't got burnt and we don't understand why he didn't just go next door," she said.
"Why was he sitting outside in the car? There are a lot of questions to be answered."
Although he was hard of hearing, Mrs Hayhurst said her husband would have heard the fire approaching.
"Is it foul play, or what? Because either side of the house is not burnt at all," she said.
"Why, in the middle, did his house get burnt? He had two cars, so why was he sitting in the old car and not his new one?"
Mrs Hayhurst said her English-born husband loved the countryside and would often take off to the bush retreat for months at a time.
"Now and again he would come home. He didn't like the city," she said.
"He loved the honesty of the bush and the people. He got on very well with his neighbour. It was a good community."
Mrs Hayhurst said her husband spent a wonderful Christmas together with his family before heading back to the bush.
"He was quite happy and I said goodbye to him and that was the last time I saw him," she said.
"When I heard the news that someone died in a car, I wouldn't believe it. It can't be him. But then the police came."
Mr Hayhurst's tragic death has devastated his two children - a daughter in Melbourne and son in Hong Kong - and left his grandchildren Jasmine, 4, Isabella, 3, and Alexia, aged 6 weeks, without a grandfather.
"My daughter is crying all the time now. She's very upset. They had a very good relationship and he really spoiled her," Mrs Hayhurst said.
Mrs Hayhurst, who was born in Hong Kong, said their love had endured many hardships.
"My mother didn't talk to me for two years because I married a foreigner, so we went from Hong Kong to Singapore to get married," she said.
"Only one person got killed. Why did it have to be him?"
Police are continuing to investigate the fire and are appealing for public assistance from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the hours leading up to the fire in Aberfeldy in Gippsland.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.