Friday, February 13, 2009
Suspect Arrested in Australian Wildfires
By TANALEE SMITH,
posted: 16 MINUTES AGO
MELBOURNE, Australia (Feb. 12) - Authorities charged a man Friday with lighting one of the wildfires that killed a total of more than 180 people in Australia, and whisked him into protective custody to guard him from public fury.
Police said the suspect was charged with one count of arson causing death and intentionally lighting a wildfire near the town of Churchill that killed at least 21 people. It was one of hundreds of fires that raged through southeastern Victoria state Feb. 7, leaving 7,000 people homeless and razing entire towns.
The koala in the picture is going to be okay. She's at a rehab center healing from burns on her paws.
I haven't heard from Amelia in a couple days so I don't know if she got in touch with her friend that lived in Churchill but I'll let you know as soon as I hear.
Thanks everyone for your good thoughts, donations and prayers. When I was in Oz, everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) that I met, asked me about my feelings and/or did I know anyone who was lost at the World Trade Center in 2001. They then told me the horror and pain they felt about this horrible attack on the United States. This was 5 years afterwards! Five years, and Australians still felt emotional about something that happened half a world away. Now you can see why, Australia and her people are part of my heart.