Originally Posted by 2008-K1200GT
The story finally made the news here in New York today, and the pictures of destruction are powerful. They said it may be arson, not sure what they base that on they didn't elaborate. Stay safe brothers down under, your in our prayers.
Thanks Dan, it is truly heartbreaking to see the loss of life of so many innocent people and particularly the children who have been taken in such a horrific way.
Most of the towns that have been destroyed have been closed to anyone but the forensic investigators as the suspicions of arsonists starting the fires are investigated.
The heat generated by these wild fires were so intense that most of the bodies are just ashes mixed with those of the rest of the house.
In one house the refridgerator was melted to a molten lump on the ground, how hot does that have to be?
The death toll is now nearly 200 people with 2000 homes lost. This weekend will unfortunately see those numbers rise as more areas are opened back up and the living return to find out if they still have a home.
Adversity like this always brings out the best in mankind though and Australians shine in adversity.
The examples of bravery and generosity that have been exhibited are uplifting. In addition to these acts of kindness by fellow Australians, $70m has been donated since Monday and we are a nation of only 20 million people.
My thoughts and best wishes are with the people of Victoria.