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09:51, 19 June 2017

Portugal wildfires kill at least 60, including drivers trapped in cars

AKIPRESS.COM - Wildfires in Portugal have killed 61 and injured 54 more, authorities there said.

Some victims were burned to death in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said.

Four of the firefighters were in critical condition on June 18, Paulo Santos, an operations and emergencies official with the National Relief Operations Command in Lisbon, told CNN.

The government has declared three days of mourning.

The blaze spread Saturday to the Pedrógão Grande community, forcing residents to flee the area to escape towering flames. Pedrógão Grande is about 120 miles north of Lisbon.

"Many cars could not get out and people burned to death inside their cars," Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes told CNN affiliate TVI. Firefighters were still fighting the flames Sunday.


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