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MELBOURNE — Arsonists lit an Australian wildfire that killed more than 20 people and possibly started a blaze that razed a town in which up to 100 people are feared to have died, police said Thursday.
At least 181 people died as a swarm of wildfires raced across the southeast state of Victoria during a heatwave last weekend and the toll is expected to rise as more bodies are found in charred homes and villages.
"We're sure that the fire in Churchill was deliberately lit," state Police Commissioner Christine Nixon told Nine Network television, referring to a fire in which 21 people died.