- Title: Firefighters continue battling Portugal's deadliest fire
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: LOURICEIRA, PORTUGAL (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) VILLAGE AND FOREST WITH SMOKE FIRE ENGINE DRIVING PAST VARIOUS OF FIRE ENGINES AND EMERGENCY SERVICES VARIOUS OF BURNT FOREST WITH SMOKE RISING FROM GROUND BURNT FOREST AMIOSO FUNDEIRO, PORTUGAL (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) SIGN READING "AMIOSO FUNDEIRO" / MOUNTAIN WITH SMOKE VARIOUS OF BURNT TREES AND FOREST HELICOPTER FLYING OVER AREA FIRE ENGINE DRIVING
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 10:06
- Keywords: Portugal wildfire forest fire firefighters
- Location: LOURICEIRA, AMIOSO FUNDEIRO AND PEDROGAO GRANDE, PORTUGAL
- City: LOURICEIRA, AMIOSO FUNDEIRO AND PEDROGAO GRANDE, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wildfires/Forest Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M81DTZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Firefighters continued battling Portugal's deadliest fire on Wednesday (June 21) which has killed 64 people so far.
The commander of the civil protection agency, Victor Vaz Pinto said on Tuesday (June 20) several other fires have now spread through the region and there are now more than 2,000 firefighters involved in the efforts.
The fire, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of capital Lisbon, spread rapidly after starting on Saturday (June 17), killing many people in their cars as they tried to flee the blaze.
The disaster, now into its fifth day, also prompted Prime Minister Antonio Costa to question the emergency response system and also called the fire the biggest human tragedy in Portugal in living memory.
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