Business owner Firas Ajaj thought his fire worries were over but 24 hours later they re-emerged when the Beard fire reignited and raced toward the back of his Beard business property.
His warehouse in the estate is full of donated food for Pet Rescue Canberra.
The pet food was due to be trucked down to bushfire-affected pet owners on the South Coast when the latest fire threat emerged.
He had thought the fire had come and gone on Wednesday when he left.
But he was back at the warehouse when the fire flared up again on Thursday and fanned by fierce west-north-west winds, jumped the Molonglo River and raced up to the new industrial estate on Queanbeyan's outskirts.
Vision provided to the The Canberra Times showed Mr Ajaj using a hose from inside the warehouse to fight the fire as it burned through the grassland reserve at the back of his property.
"I was trying to keep the area [at the back of the warehouse] wet to protect it but the heat and the smoke got too intense," he said.
"There were helicopters overhead water-bombing and firefighters around but the strong wind was making it very difficult for them.
"One minute the fire was some distance off and then it was just a few metres away. It travelled so, so quick.
"The speed which it travelled at was very hard to believe and it [the fire] got a lot worse after I left."
Eventually Mr Ajaj had to evacuate from his warehouse through the closed roads thronged with fire trucks.
He was waiting at his home in the city for news on when the roads will reopen.
"I hope that the warehouse was saved because we have been taking donations for three or four weeks now and have another load ready to go," he said.