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Police: Suspect arrested (in connection to) deadly Australian fire
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Source: AP

YEA, Australia A spokeswoman says police have arrested a man in connection to one of the recent deadly wildfires that swept southern Australia.

Victoria state police spokeswoman Marika Fengler confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that a man had been arrested, but would give no further details.

Respected newspaper The Age reported without giving a source that the 39-year-old suspect was expected to be charged with arson causing death in connection to a blaze known as the Churchill fire.

At least 21 people died in the Churchill fire, one of hundreds that scorched Victoria last Saturday. The death toll stands at 181 and is expected to exceed 200.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090213/ap_on_re_au_an/as_a...



YEA, Australia (AP) A spokesman says police are questioning a man in connection with Australia's deadly wildfires.

Victoria state police spokesman Chris Nash told The Associated Press on Friday that a man was assisting investigators with their inquiries into the wildfires, but declined to go into details.

Respected newspaper The Age reported that the 39-year-old suspect was expected to be charged with arson causing death.

The Age reported that the suspect was from the town of Churchill. Police say one of Australia's wildfires that struck last weekend was deliberately set near Churchhill and that it killed at least 21 people.

More than 180 people were killed as wildfires swept across southeastern Victoria state.
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