facebook
twitter
search
search

Two die fighting massive Australian blaze

Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

MELBOURNE, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Two firefighters died while battling a bush fire near the tiny town of Harrietville in Australia's southern state of Victoria, officials said.

A man and a woman were killed when a tree fell on their vehicle, The Age reported Wednesday.

The firefighters, from the Department of Environment and Sustainability, were helping to contain a 66,700-acre fire in a remote northeastern area of the state.

Emergency personnel were delayed in responding to the accident for several hours because of the ongoing fire and mountainous terrain.

The victims were the third and fourth firefighters to die fighting bush fires in Victoria this year.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
'Serial stowaway' arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison