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Huge forest fire kills dozens in central Portugal 72 video http://img.vidible.tv/prod/2017-06/18/594606c5955a31469585cf5e/594606c50c2aff019012a5bf_o_F_v0.jpg At least 24 people have reportedly been killed and several others hurt by a massive forest fire in central Portugal. Around 400 firefighters are battling the blaze in the mountainous Pedrogão Grande region, some 200km northeast of Lisbon. According to initial reports, it appears most of the victims were trapped in their cars and were burned alive or suffocated. At least two people are missing. Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa was quickly at the scene as the scale of the drama became clear. “This is surely the worst tragedy in terms of lives lost we can remember in the last few years,” said Costa. The blaze broke out in the mountainous Pedrogão Grande region on Saturday amid an intense heat wave and grew in intensity, fanned by strong winds. Several months of drought have left dense woodland tinder-dry, the perfect condition for flames to spread. Around 400 firefighters are battling to control the fire. It’s understood French and Spanish authorities will add their water-bombing aircraft to help put out the blaze, the cause of which remains unknown. 19 people died today, in a huge fire in Pedrogão Grande, Portugal… So sad… RIP 😢 💔 pic.twitter.com/JMxUMKdIGk— Sílvia 🇵🇹 (@grey_portugal) June 17, 2017 Euronews English News World News 2017-06-18 04:45:20
Huge forest fire kills dozens in central Portugal
At least 24 people have reportedly been killed and several others hurt by a massive forest fire in central Portugal. Around 400 firefighters are battling the blaze in the mountainous Pedrogão Grande region, some 200km northeast of Lisbon. According to initial reports, it appears most of the victims were trapped in their cars and were burned alive or suffocated. At least two people are missing. Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa was quickly at the scene as the scale of the drama became clear. “This is surely the worst tragedy in terms of lives lost we can remember in the last few years,” said Costa. The blaze broke out in the mountainous Pedrogão Grande region on Saturday amid an intense heat wave and grew in intensity, fanned by strong winds. Several months of drought have left dense woodland tinder-dry, the perfect condition for flames to spread. Around 400 firefighters are battling to control the fire. It’s understood French and Spanish authorities will add their water-bombing aircraft to help put out the blaze, the cause of which remains unknown. 19 people died today, in a huge fire in Pedrogão Grande, Portugal… So sad… RIP 😢 💔 pic.twitter.com/JMxUMKdIGk— Sílvia 🇵🇹 (@grey_portugal) June 17, 2017