SYDNEY: Two Australian firefighters were killed today when a tree fell on their vehicle as they battled a bushfire in a remote part of the southeastern state of Victoria.
The pair were a man in his thirties and a woman in her late teens, according to police quoted by the Australian Associated Press.
Emergency services were only able to reach them hours after the tree fell after initially being forced back by fire and hazardous conditions.
Australian Workers Union state secretary Cesar Melhem said the two firefighters were killed in the line of duty, calling them unsung heroes.
Australia was hit by scores of raging wildfires last month as a government commission warned that climate change had raised the risk of more frequent heatwaves.