Aussie Police Question 2 Men About Wildfires

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2009 9:33 PM CST
Police inspect a home where bones were found in the yard after a fire at Kinglake, north east of Melbourne, Australia Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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(Newser) – Police in Australia said they have questioned two people in connection to the raging wildfires that have killed more than 180 people in the state of Victoria. Police declined to say whether the two had been arrested or even detained, and released a statement that described them as "assisting police with their inquiries." Detectives responding to a tip found the men near Yea, a town destroyed by an inferno Saturday that killed up to 100 people.

Officials blame the high death toll on the lack of a fire alert system and the number of people who didn't try to flee until they saw the fast-moving blazes. Many bodies have been found in burned-out cars or on the roadside. The government plans to fast track a fire-alert system that has been stuck in legislative limbo since 2004.