Forest Fire Kills 62 And Is ‘No Closer To Being Contained’

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A deadly forest fire which has claimed the lives of at least 62 people in central Portugal is still ‘no closer’ to being contained.

According to the Portugese government, many of the victims died while trying to escape the Pedrógão Grande area, in their cars.

Six firefighters who have been ‘seriously wounded’ are among the 59 people who have been injured.

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Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, said:

Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires.

He also said the death toll could rise.

Secretary of State for the Interior, Jorge Gomes, said that three people had died from smoke inhalation and 18 people travelling in four cars had died on the road linking Figueiró dos Vinhos to Castanheira de Pera.

According to the BBC, there are around 60 forest fires that have broken out, with almost 1,700 firefighters battling to extinguish them across Portugal.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, however Mr Costa said thunderstorms could have been one possible cause.

Portuguese media said the fire is ‘no closer to being contained’ and among those injured was an eight-year-old girl with burns found wandering alone close to the fire.

Awful.