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.
October 17, 1989 |
Twenty-three racehorses, worth more than $760,000 were killed overnight in two separate stable fires in Australia, police said today. About 30 horses were rescued as fires spread through the stables of trainers Peter Miers in Sydney and Graham Turner in Melbourne late Monday night. A spokesman said police were investigating the cause of the fires but it was too early to say whether they were started deliberately.
December 28, 2010 |
An international governing board for aeronautic records has confirmed that a solar-powered drone shattered a long-standing endurance record by flying continuously for 14 days last summer. Built by British defense contractor QinetiQ, the drone remained airborne 336 hour, 22 minutes, crushing the previous endurance record for a robotic plane, which was held by Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Global Hawk drone. That unmanned flight, which took place in March 2001, lasted 30 hours, 24 minutes.
December 6, 2002 |
Bush fires raged out of control today around Sydney, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes as firefighters struggled to contain the flames. Overnight, strong, hot winds fanned more than 60 fires around Australia's largest city, including one in a park just six miles from downtown. Rain in some areas and a change in wind direction failed to extinguish the flames. The area is in the midst of a severe drought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2008 |
It was brutally hot, 108 degrees, and the wind was howling. Bushfires were raging in the hills, making their way inexorably toward the Baker farmstead at the foot of the Brisbane Ranges. John and Carlene Baker had moved here to get away from the hurly-burly of the city. They lived with their two children and a cast of orphaned animals on a 60-acre spread they called Foxford. Now, all of it was threatened. Embers were falling around the house. The animals were growing restless.