Police raised the death toll on Tuesday to 200 from the February 7 fires that raged across southern Victoria state, saying it would climb further as more bodies were recovered from the devastation. A firefighter, meanwhile, was crushed by a falling branch – the first death in the fire zone since the disaster.
Former Victoria state Supreme Court Justice Bernard Teague outlined his first steps in what officials say will be one of the largest and most complex disaster investigations ever seen in Australia. The inquiry will determine the cause of the inferno and how to avoid a repeat.
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