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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:46 AM
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Eight Dead in Australia Fire, Others Forced Into Sea


"At least eight people were killed Tuesday as a bushfire burned out of control across a southern Australia peninsula, others were missing and six more were rescued after they escaped into the sea, officials said.

The fire was burning in scrubland and across rural properties across the Eyre Peninsula, about 155 miles west of the South Australian state capital Adelaide, and several homes had been destroyed."


"It appeared all eight had died at three separate sites when vehicles they were in became trapped by flames. At least two children were among the dead.
Boats were sent to pick up about six people who jumped into the sea to escape the blaze at the coastal hamlet of North Shields, not far from the tuna fishing town of Port Lincoln.

"Some people had moved into the sea to escape the fire. Our people picked them up and brought them back to shore," State Emergency Services deputy chief officer Stuart MacLeod said."

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