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Military firefighters tackle raging forest blaze in Portugal

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:17

More than a thousand firefighters are still trying to battle a forest fire that has killed dozens in Portugal. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) More than 1,000 firefighters were still battling Portugal's deadliest forest blaze on Monday (June 19) after it killed dozens over the weekend, and a fireman died from his injuries in a hospital, bringing the death toll to at least 63. More than 70 people, including 13 firefighters, were taken to hospital on Monday with burns and injuries as the fires ravaged the central districts of Leiria and Castelo Branco. At least half the victims died in their cars as they tried to flee along a local motorway. Many other bodies were found next to the road, suggesting they had abandoned their vehicles in panic. The firefighter who died on Monday had been helping people out of their cars when he was badly burned. Police said a lightning strike on a tree probably caused the blaze, in a region hit by an intense heat wave and dry, gusty winds that fanned the flames. However, the regional prosecutor still ordered a criminal investigation into the causes. Many forest fires in Portugal are caused by arson or carelessness.

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Military firefighters tackle raging forest blaze in Portugal

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:17