Massive Forest Fire In Portugal Kills 62 People

A massive forest fire in central Portugal has claimed 62 lives. The deaths occurred Saturday night as residents were trying to flee the area.

Prime Minister António Costa stated:

“We don’t have memory of such a human tragedy.”

Most of the victims died near Pedrogao Grande when the fire overtook the road people were using to flee the area.

The Portuguese government has sent 700 firefighters along with 260 soldiers to fight the fire. Spain has sent 2 firefighting aircraft to help fight the fire and the European Union has promised to send more.

You can watch footage of the fire below:



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