Beloved Timber Worker Died Of A Heart Attack As He Battled Bushfire
A third-generation timber worker has been named as the second victim of the Victorian Bushfires.
Fred Becker was found dead inside his fire-ravaged home in Genoa on Wednesday night.
It is understood he was fighting fires at his and neighbouring properties at Maramingo Creek in East Gippsland when he suffered a heart attack.
His brother Ron confirmed his death to the Herald Sun on Friday, but did not provide any further comment.
Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville passed on her condolences to friends and family at a press conference on Saturday morning.
"I want to pass on my condolences and the condolences of the government to the family, to the community in Genoa who will be suffering as a result of this on top of the trauma they've already faced in relation to fires," she said.
There are still more than 20 people missing in Victoria's deadly bushfires.
This is the second confirmed fatality in Victoria -- Buchan man Mick Roberts also lost his life earlier this week.
Authorities are trying to get into 18 isolated communities in East Gippsland and the northeast where fires have been raging all week, but so far access has only been achieved at two.