Firefighters injured

Firefighters injured

22 October 2009

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Australia —

Two volunteer firefighters were injured while battling a fire that ripped through 280ha of coastal reserve in Elleker on Saturday.

Both men, from the Elleker Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, received minor injuries trying to extinguish the fire but have since been released from hospital.

A fast-attack fire-fighting 4wd vehicle belonging to the Elleker brigade was extensively damaged during the fire.

Two people were also evacuated from the Bibbulmun Track when the fire struck.

Albany Police closed Mutton Bird Road during the fire and it was only reopened to traffic at 1.30pm on Monday.

The Albany Volunteer Fire Brigade, Department of Environment and Conservation and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) fought to keep the fire under control in the Muttonbird Island area.

FESA monitored the area overnight and were onsite for a further 24 hours. Investigations are continuing to determine the cause of the fire.

In the wake of recent bushfires new laws for arson will see offenders face up to life imprisonment under new laws being introduced in State Parliament.

New laws would ensure arson was treated as one of the most serious criminal offences in WA.

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