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Huge Portugal forest fire kills 25, injures 16

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens
Pedrógão Grande (Portugal) (AFP) - Raging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 62 people, many burnt to death in their cars, the government said Sunday, in the country's worst such disaster in recent history. Authorities declared three days of national mourning as more than 900 firefighters and 280 vehicles battled the blaze, which also left 62 people injured, amid scenes of devastation. The fire erupted Saturday in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal, apparently caused by a lightning strike, and spread furiously in several directions.
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Huge Portugal forest fire kills 25, injures 16
A huge forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said Sunday. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late Saturday to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. 'Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires,' the visibly moved Prime Minister Antonio Costa said.
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