AUSTRALIA - Two volunteer firefighters died on Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia's most populous state, forcing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cut short his family vacation as officials over the weekend were hanging for temperatures in South Wales.
Geoffrey Keaton, 32, and Andrew Joindwire, 36, were fighting a blaze in a truck convoy south of Sydney when a tree fell and the vehicle rolled off the road. The father of 19-month-old children both died on the spot, while three other firefighters were injured and taken to hospital.
Commissioner of Rural Fire Service Shane Fitzsimons consoled the families of the victims.
He told reporters, "Not coming home after his innings is a great sorrow and I appreciate the families and loved ones.
New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency on Thursday, as around 2,000 firefighters battled 100 wildlife across the state. During the past few months, around 7.4 million acres of fire broke out across the country, killing six people and destroying over 800 homes.