Properties destroyed by bushfire in Tasmania
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Several properties have been destroyed by a bushfire in a small town on Tasmania’s eastern coast.
No one was injured in the blaze at Dolphin Sands, although one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.
Two houses and a shed were destroyed.
Authorities said it was expected that several other structures were impacted by the fire, which spread across more than 110 hectares.
“This morning a comprehensive impact assessment of all properties in the affected area will be undertaken as a priority,” Tasmania Fire Service said in a statement on Monday.
Overnight, Tasmania Police sent up drones to help with the assessments.
The fire, reported at 6pm on Sunday, moved rapidly in strong winds before moderating overnight.
But it’s not yet under control and firefighting continued overnight with 14 fire trucks and 30 career and volunteer firefighters battling the blaze.
Some people who gathered at the Dolphin Sands boat ramp were safely escorted from the area.
An evacuation centre was set up Swansea Town Hall.
Powerlines are down on Dolphin Sands Road, which has been closed at Yellow Sandbanks Road and will remain so until it’s safe.
“Every effort is being made to allow property owners to return to the area as soon as possible,” Tasmania Fire Service said.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.