Queensland firefighters' kind note to animal rescue charity
A touching note from Queensland firefighters shows their dedication to the cause, staying until the early morning hours to help defend dogs — and even a cow — at an animal shelter.Crews were battling the large blaze south of Brisbane on Thursday afternoon, but the dogs — and even a cow — at the Animal Welfare League Queensland's rehoming centres were close to the fire zone.
The 2013 Tasmanian bushfires were a series of bushfires which occurred in south-eastern Tasmania between November 2012 and late April 2013 . It was predicted early on that the 2012-13 fire season had the potential to be worse than usual.
Angry Kinglake residents are launching a class action in the Victorian Supreme Court against electricity provider SP Ausnet and the government The Phoenix Taskforce, which is investigating the fires , is examining a two-kilometre stretch of power line that collapsed last Saturday during the
Hundreds of people who lost property during the Dunalley bushfires in 2013 have joined a class action to sue the two people they blame for starting the original blaze.
The Dunalley blaze on January 3 destroyed 93 houses and 186 other buildings, including Dunalley's school and police station.
The plaintiffs are alleging in court documents that two people were negligent by lighting or failing to put out a fire in a tree stump on a property at a Forcett property in December 2012.
Young woman tries to run into burning home to save grandparents
An Adelaide granddaughter has tried to run into a burning home to save her grandparents, who were inside at the time. The blaze broke out in the roof of the Pierson Street house at Hectorville, just before 2am, with the flames quickly spreading through the roof.The granddaughter, who was inside the home when the fire broke out, managed to escape, but tried to go back inside the home, after realising her grandparents were still inside."There was a young lady who came along and tried to get inside," a neighbour, who did not want to be named, told 9News. © 9News A house fire erupted in Adelaide.
A firefighter tackling a bushfire at Winmalee in October 2013 . Lawyers for the estimated 600 affected property owners will allege that the October 17 blaze at Springwood and Winmalee was sparked after a "poorly maintained" tree fell on power lines.
LEGAL action had been launched over a Victorian bushfire that victims claim was started by an old tractor driven by a local farmer. VICTIMS of a Victorian bushfire which destroyed nine houses and injured 12 people have launched a class action against a man they say negligently started the 2013
The 443 plaintiffs involved in the action allege this is where the devastating Dunalley blaze began.
The plaintiffs are alleging that on December 28 2012, a campfire was lit in a tree stump at the Forcett property.
They are alleging that dirt was kicked over it and that two half-buckets of water were poured over the stump that night, with the belief that the fire had been extinguished.
The plaintiffs claim that between December 28 and 31, work was done in the area around the tree stump, and at the same time the fire continued within the tree stump and its roots as a smouldering burn.
Documents filed with the court show the plaintiffs are alleging that when rain fell on the property on January 1, 2013, one of the two people who lit the fire or had knowledge of it saw steam coming from the tree stump and the ground around it.
Qld flood victims welcome govt decision
A decision by the Queensland government not to appeal a court's decision in favour of thousands of flood victims has been welcomed. Victims of a devastating flood that swamped southeast Queensland have welcomed the state's government's decision not to challenge a landmark class action ruling. But the law firm that brought the case says that commitment would be meaningless if state-owned entities Seqwater and Sunwater do appeal.The NSW Supreme Court ruled in favour of 6800 claimants who sued the Queensland government, Seqwater and Sunwater over the scale of the 2011 disaster.
The Holmes family speak exclusively to the Guardian in a multimedia journey exploring what happened the day fire devastated their town.
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Plaintiffs allege fire seen spreading
On January 3, weather conditions changed.
The plaintiffs contend in court documents that one of the two being sued saw fire in the grass around the tree stump, and that fire spread across the property to trees on the eastern boundary and escaped into the bush.
It took until January 18 for the Forcett fire to be fully contained, and by that stage it had burnt about 25,000 hectares, with a perimeter of almost 310 kilometres.
It is contended the two largest employers in the Dunalley region, a timber business and abalone business, experienced losses that caused ongoing significant impacts on the local region and economy.
About 300 Aurora electricity poles were destroyed on the Tasman Peninsula, causing power outages for a considerable time.
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) said losses in primary production included 15 large farms in the Forcett region, which suffered significant damage, with one estimating the cost at $1 million.
Man charged with murder after body found in Toowoomba house after fire
A 29-year-old man is charged with murder and serious animal cruelty after the body of a 63-year-old man and a dog are found inside a fire-damaged house at Toowoomba on Queensland's Darling Downs.Emergency crews were called to a blaze in Rivett Street about 8:00pm on Sunday.
WASHINGTON -- Genetic testing company 23andMe is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the Silicon Valley startup misled customers with advertising for its personalized DNA test kit. The test is marketed as a tool to help users predict their risk of developing various diseases.
Legal action is also expected over a separate fire sparked by a fallen power pole that burnt vast swathes of land in Mudgegonga and Dederang. Melbourne barrister Tim Tobin, QC, successfully represented hundreds of victims of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires in a class action against the
Others farms lost pasture, livestock, buildings, homes, fencing, sheds.
According to the AIDR, nine oyster farms were affected by fire and suffered damages estimated at $3 million.
The Insurance Council of Australia estimated the preliminary damage of the Tasmanian fires at $89 million.
The class action is divided into three separate claims because the plaintiffs are covered by three separate insurance companies.
It is expected to go to hearing in Supreme Court of Tasmania in Hobart in the middle of next year.
That hearing is likely to be heard two parts, with one to assess liability, and another to assess any damages.
Family loses everything as devastating Christmas fire guts home .
A Victorian family has been left with nothing after a devastating Christmas Eve fire gutted their home and its contents - including gifts - north of Melbourne.The young family and their neighbours were woken last night by the sound of explosions erupting from the property's garage on Lauricella Drive in Wallan, with flames soon leaping up to two stories high.