December 22, 2014
SYDNEY (AP) - Raging wildfires swept through southeastern
Australia on Saturday as gale force winds and scorching
temperatures combined into a deadly inferno that killed at least 14
people, officials said.
Victoria state deputy police commissioner Kieran Walshe said
dozens of homes had been destroyed in the state and that officials
feared that death could ultimately be "in the 40s."
Temperatures around 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius) and high
winds spurred dozens of fires across three states on Saturday, and
tens of thousands of firefighters were struggling to contain blazes
late into the night.
Walshe said all the deaths happened in a huge blaze in the
northwest of Victoria - including six people in one car.