A baby carriage carrying a candle was burned by a fireman after being caught in a bushfire in Tasmania, as smoke and ash continued to pour into the area.
The carriage, belonging to a friend, was spotted on Tuesday night in the town of Lomoloo, north of Darwin, and police said they received a call at about 11:30pm.
“We were called and there were three other cars on the road, one with a burning carriage and one with the carriage in the bush,” Inspector Paul Dyer of the town’s fire service said.
“They were also looking for the baby carriage.”
Firefighters put the carriage out in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“The carriage was burning in the open, so it was a bit of a surprise when we went to check it out and saw it was burning,” Inspector Dyer said.
The carriage is a one-of-a-kind piece of Australian art.
“[It] has been in the family for many generations,” Inspector Daniel O’Donoghue said.
The fire service has been asked to look at ways to keep the carriage on the roads in the future.
“The carriages were brought into the community and given to local people who have special skills, who could use them for some type of special event, and who are able to use them to keep themselves safe and get a better night’s sleep,” Inspector O’Doherty said.
Police said the carriage was a gift from the local Aboriginal community, who said the family had lived in Lomooloo for more than two decades.
“It’s one of those things that’s very special to our community, the community that’s a part of the Lomoo, and this was an opportunity for them to show their support for that community,” Inspector Egan said.