A hero volunteer firefighter was found dead in his burnt-out car after the devastating bush fires in New South Wales, Australia.
Colin “Rover” Burns, 72, was found trapped in the vehicle, which was found lying upside down, in Belowra on Thursday, The Daily Mail reports.
Burns, a Belowra Rural Fire Service brigade member, was apparently attempting to flee the fire surrounding the small town and was unable to make it to the Belowra fire shed.
Burns ran camping trips on his family property in Belowra every November, but the property has been being destroyed by the wild bushfires that have impacted the area.
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His friend Jon Kugler said Burns was “the most kind-hearted man.”
“Rover was one of the most selfless people and his entire life was about making friends and helping people out,” he said. “He was the most kindest person with the best intentions.”
Burns was the seventh person confirmed dead in the NSW south coast fires. An eighth person was confirmed dead on Monday.