Fire swept through the hills around Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia on Thursday (11 December), causing dozens of evacuations.
GV Locals leaving threatened area in cars, near Adelaide, South Australia.
GV People beside house preparing to leave.
GV Blazing forest and fire fighters hosing grass-fire approaching house. Fire engine arriving with fighters rolling out equipment, fighting fire. Fireman in midst of fire and smoke, along road (2 shots)
GV Map of area overlaid on firemen with additional equipment, fire in background. Fighters moving back as fire approaches, motorcycle leaves.
GV Cars leaving area.
TRANSCRIPT: CLARK: "As we arrived people were already starting to move their belongings. Some were hosing their roofs, others turning their cars to make sure they could leave in a hurry. At the rear of one house in Seedan Place, off Emmett Road, fire crews and police battled to divert the blaze as it swept up the hill, slowly at first, but finally at a tremendous speed. Hoses were run out, firemen ran for help, and the house was saved. But, if one was saved, half a dozen more were threatened. The heat and smoke cut visibility, at times, to only a few metres. One fireman told me he had to rescue two elderly people from a house that caught fire. The house was badly burned, but not destroyed. The gusty wind helped start spot fires, and in only a few minutes the blaze had jumped Emmett Road. As it became apparent that the worst of the fire had passed "
REPORTER CHRIS CLARK
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Background: Fire swept through the hills around Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia on Thursday (11 December), causing dozens of evacuations.
Firefighters battled to save homes, but there were reports of property damage in the blaze which was fanned by dry winds.
At one stage the fire burned to within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the Adelaide city centre.
Chris Clark, of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, reports.