June 23, 2000 |
A predawn fire tore through a hostel filled with international backpackers in eastern Australia, killing 15 people and leaving three missing and presumed dead, authorities said. Rescuers used hydraulic platforms to bring dozens of people to safety from the wooden building in Childers, about 170 miles north of Brisbane. Nine people were treated for smoke inhalation. Those killed or missing were 10 Britons, one Spaniard, one Japanese, one South Korean, two Dutch and three Australians.