Australian bushfires leave four dead in ‘day from hell’


PERTH, Australia: At least four people have died in bushfires raging out of control in parts of Western Australia, authorities said on Wednesday, with a shocked local community lamenting a “day from hell.” Several fast-moving blazes, sparked by lightning, were burning around Esperance some 740 kilometers (450 miles) southeast of Perth, with hundreds of firemen working round the clock in searing temperatures to put them out. “Sadly, police have confirmed four fatalities,” state Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said, adding that two women and two men, in two separate cars, died trying to escape the flames.



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