Esperance region November 2015 bushfires, date set for hearing

Kym Brett Curnow, Thomas Leslie Butcher, Anna Sashohova Winther and Julia Kohrs-Lichte. Photo: Supplied.
Kym Brett Curnow, Thomas Leslie Butcher, Anna Sashohova Winther and Julia Kohrs-Lichte. Photo: Supplied.

The Coroners Court of WA have set a date for an inquest hearing into the deaths of the four people who lost their lives in the Esperance region November 2015 bushfires.

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An inquest hearing is set for March 25 to March 29, 2019, nearly three and a half years after the bushfires.

Esperance region farmer Kym ‘Freddy’ Curnow was driving door-to-door trying to warn his neighbours to evacuate their homes when he was trapped in the blaze.

Shortly before Mr Curnow died he stopped at the Karranga Station in Scaddan where three backpackers, Thomas Butcher, Anna Winther and Julia Kohrs-Lichte were working.

The three backpackers were found in a burnt car and were believed to have been trying to save a horse. 

The November 2015 bushfires were originally sparked by lightning and devastated 300,000 hectares of land.