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Australia marathon fire victims to get payouts

Published on Nov 13, 2012 4:17 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Two women who were horribly burnt by a wildfire during an ultra-marathon in remote Western Australia will each receive payments of A$450,000 (S$575,772), the state government said on Tuesday.

Runners Turia Pitt and Kate Sanderson were left with serious and disfiguring injuries after the fire swept through the 100-km Racing the Planet footrace in the Outback Kimberley region last year.

"No one can truly appreciate the pain, suffering, and disfigurement that Miss Pitt and Miss Sanderson have endured, and will continue to experience for the remainder of their lives," said state Tourism Minister Kim Hames.

Ms Pitt, who is in her mid-20s, has to wear a compression suit over her face, neck and body. She lost four fingers and a thumb. Ms Sanderson, in her mid-30s, had her left foot amputated due to the burns.

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