Australian police fear deaths in Tasmania wildfires
SYDNEY (AFP) - Several people were missing feared dead on Sunday after wildfires swept through the Australian island of Tasmania, destroying more than 100 homes and forcing thousands to flee.
Acting Tasmania police commissioner Scott Tilyard said officers were investigating several missing persons reports after fires ravaged southern Tasmania state, razing scores of homes.
"I am fearful that someone may have died in this fire... it is a very distinct possibility still and I think people need to brace themselves that that may occur," Mr Tilyard told reporters, saying there were grave fears in a "handful" of cases.
"Whilst we have had no known deaths associated with these fires at this particular point in time, I want to make it quite clear that it is still far too early to confirm that that is not the case," he added.