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16 Homes Destroyed as Blazes Rage On

January 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Fires burning for weeks in southeastern Australia's rugged mountains hit villages, destroying at least 16 homes and threatening hundreds more.

Flames ravaged six houses in one of Australia's best-known ski resorts, Mount Hotham, and 10 more in nearby villages, authorities said.

Three crews from Victoria's Country Fire Assn. survived a 30-minute firestorm by huddling in their trucks, covering themselves with blankets and spraying themselves with water.

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