Seven die in Oz fires and more than 200 homes destroyed

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Seven die in Oz fires and more than 200 homes destroyed
Seven die in Oz fires and more than 200 homes destroyed

Seven people have died and 176 homes have been destroyed by devastating bushfires that hit southern New South Wales on Wednesday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) today confirmed that three more bodies had been found after the earlier deaths of four people.

Yesterday, the bodies of a father and son were found in Cobargo – it is believed they died while trying to defend their property.

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The body of a man was found in a burnt-out car on a road off the Princes Highway at Yatte Yattah near Lake Conjola.

Volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul, 28, died after his truck flipped in the Green Valley blaze in Jingellic, 70 kilometres east of Albury near the NSW-Victoria border.

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NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys today said three more bodies were found at Lake Conjola.

“Sadly, we can report today that police have confirmed a further three deaths as a result of the fires on the South Coast,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

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“Police are also at Lake Conjola now, where a house has been destroyed by fire and the occupant of that home is still unaccounted for. This goes on the back of the four deaths reported yesterday.”

A 70-year-old man was found dead outside a home 6km west of Lake Conjola.

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