26 Nov '11, 2am

Australian fire damage 'like war zone'

PERTH, Australia: An Australian bushfire which ripped through a scenic coastal region left some areas looking like a war zone, residents said Saturday as authorities downgraded the alert level. Thirty-four houses, four sheds and nine chalets, including the historic 1865 Wallcliffe House, were lost in the blaze which also damaged a further 16 houses and one shop at Prevelly, Gnarabup and Redgate. "Although the warning was downgraded overnight... a fire threat still exists and may worsen at any time," Western Australia's Department of Environment and Conservation's bushfire advisory said. It is expected it will take a week to fully extinguish the flames which ripped through some 3,363 hectares in the coastal, wine-growing region about 280 kilometres (170 miles) south of the west coast city of Perth. One man who lost his home, Garrath Stewart, said his street had been badly h...

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