Mid North Coast fires: Body found in fire-ravaged Johns River home

NSW bushfires have now claimed three lives and seven more people are missing with the death toll likely to rise.
NSW bushfires have now claimed three lives and seven more people are missing with the death toll likely to rise.

THE Mid North Coast fire emergency has taken a tragic turn after a body was found in a fire-ravaged home at Johns River.

It has been a black weekend across the region as fire crews and residents battle relentless and ever-changing fire conditions.

It is the third person confirmed deceased in NSW after the body was found in a burnt-out building south of Port Macquarie this afternoon (November 9).

The body was found after fires swept through the township of Johns River.

The burnt out home belongs to a woman aged 63; however, a post-mortem examination will be required to confirm identity and cause of death.

Officers from Manning Great Lakes Police District are speaking with the woman's family, and have initiated inquiries.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

The Bills Crossing fire in the Crowdy Bay National Park ripped a path north-west overnight after intense southerly winds swept across already burning fire zones.

By Saturday afternoon, Johns River residents were on high alert and told to leave if they could.

A body was found earlier in a burnt-out car on the Kangawalla fire ground, near Glen Innes, with police working to formally identify the victim, the Rural Fire Service NSW said on Saturday morning.

A woman who was discovered by firefighters in the same blaze on Friday - in an unrelated incident - was treated for burns before being transferred to hospital where she later died.

Authorities have appealed to people to register both themselves and any loved ones they are concerned about.

The Red Cross says so far 1300 people have registered in eight evacuation centres across the state.

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