Two people dead, five critical following SA bushfires

Two people dead, five critical following SA bushfires

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has confirmed a man and a woman have died as a result of a fierce bushfire burning north-east of Adelaide, while 13 people have been injured.

Fire crews have worked through the night to try and contain the blaze, which is burning out of control.

The Pinery blaze spread quickly yesterday, catching residents and firefighters off guard, with the perimeter of the fire more than 200 kilometres.

Mr Weatherill has confirmed this morning, a 56-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man have been confirmed dead, while five people are in critical conditions in hospital.

He says one of the injured has sustained burns to 80 per cent of their body, and authorities can not rule out further losses of life.

“We hold grave fears for many more … can’t be entirely sure we have identified every single person in the fire ground,” he said.

Mr Weatherill said it appears a vast amount of damage has been caused to properties in the area, with an impact team to be sent in today.

Mr Weatherill says there has also been a large amount of livestock lost, including 2,000 sows from a local piggery.

Police estimate 16 homes have been destroyed.

Fire activity remains around many townships including Owen, Hamley Bridge, Tarlee, Freeling, Wasleys, Kapunda, Greenock and surrounding areas.

The SA Country Fire Service has now downgraded the Pinery blaze to a Watch and Act alert, but has warned it could continue burning for days.

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