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Firefighter killed battling bushfires

Posted on 06/30/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

A firefighter from Canberra has died while battling a blaze near the devastated Victorian town of Marysville, after a tree branch fell on his vehicle.

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Victoria Police said a firefighter had been killed on the fireground at Cambarville, east of Marysville, at about 7pm (AEDT) on Tuesday.

“Initial reports indicate the man and a passenger were driving in the area when a tree limb fell on the vehicle,” spokeswoman Senior Constable Karla Dennis said.

The driver died at the scene, near the intersection of the Warburton-Woods Point and Marysville-Woods Point roads, about 20km east of Marysville.

A second person in the car was uninjured.

Truck hit by falling tree

The ACT Emergency Service Agency later confirmed the death of one of its firefighters in Victoria.

“A large tree appears to have crashed on to one of our fire tankers at Cambarville, resulting in an ACT Fire Brigade firefighter confirmed dead,” said agency commissioner Gregor Manson.

“Fortunately, no other firefighters were injured,” he said.

ACT Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell described the news as tragic.

“I am extremely saddened to hear the news of the loss of one of our highly respected and dedicated firefighters,” Mr Corbell said.

The dead firefighter has not yet been named.

Deadly fires still raging

The Emergency Services Agency has created a special hotline for family and friends of ACT firefighters deployed in Victoria. The number is (02) 6232 5639.

The accident happened high in the Yarra Ranges National Park, which has been ravaged by bushfires that have raged in the area for more than a week.

Hundreds of interstate and overseas personnel have been brought in to assist local Victorian crews fighting Australia\’s greatest bushfire disaster.

Major collisions police will investigate and prepare a report for the Victorian coroner.

The death brings the toll from Victoria\’s fires to 201, just hours after authorities announced it had reached 200 with the discovery of 11 new bodies.

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