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Two Killed As Raging Wildfires Destroy An Entire Town In Australia

Emergency warnings have been issued across Western Australia by fire crews.

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More than 130 homes have been lost in the Australian town of Yarloop, south of Perth, due to raging wildfires.

.@dfes_wa images show ferocity of #WaroonaFire. Yarloop feared decimated by firestorm. Scary stuff. @perthnow

And local media reported the bodies of two people have been found in separate properties in Yarloop.

The fire was started early Wednesday morning by a lightning strike, WA Today reported.

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According to local news, three people were missing but have since been located.

Local farmer Joe Angi, who stayed to defend his home, told ABC News a "tumbling wave of fire" destroyed Yarloop within about seven minutes.

#WaroonaFire spot fire on Warrawarup road around 12PM, under control thanks to @dfes_wa

Emergency warnings have been issued for the towns of Waroona and Harvey, while "watch and act" alerts are in place in other cities across the southwest.

STRANGE SILENCE: As fire rages on the southern front, near Waroona there's a strange silence in the scorched forest

The fire has burned through 143,321 acres of farmland and forest. In Yarloop, 95 houses, several historical buildings, some factories, and a local school were destroyed.

Nothing but blackened ground. #WaroonaFire #perthnews

Local politician Murray Cowper told the BBC the fire could mark "the end of the town" of Yarloop.

"You've got seasoned firefighters who've been around for many years saying they've never seen anything like it," Mr Cowper said. "A big fireball came through and there was no way they were going to stop it."

Missing people in WA bushfires found #WaroonaFire https://t.co/BA4HMHU1Zx

Hundreds of people have been evacuated and taken to local shelters.

In Yarloop, more than 100 people were removed by fire crews through a road convoy of 30 vehicles, which was deemed safer than an aerial evacuation, the ABC reported.

A taste of the small stuff at the #WaroonaFire @mandurahmail @coastfmlive

Rain from thunderstorms to the north of the bushfires could potentially ease the fires, although the threat of lightning strikes starting new fires remains a concern.

Amazing photo of the rain heading towards the fire zone. 📷:@eclectic_media_ @7NewsPerth #perthnews #WaroonaFire

For updates, local residents should visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

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