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HOBART, Australia — A Victorian man has died while assisting fire fighting efforts in Tasmania.
Peter Ronald Cramer, aged 61, was found dead yesterday about three kilometres from a fire edge east of Taranna on the Tasman Peninsula south of Hobart.
He was one of the Victorian firefighters sent to Hobart to assist in controlling the bushfires that have destroyed about 170 properties.
An alarm was raised about 4:00 p.m. yesterday when he failed to make a scheduled call.
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances, and the coroner will investigate.
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has paid tribute to the firefighter.
"Our hearts go out to him, his family, his friends, his colleagues," he said.
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