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Wildfires in Portugal kill at least 58

19 June 2017

Police say lightning striking a tree may have caused the fire.

He said authorities were anxious about strong winds that could help spreading the blaze further.

The cause of the rapidly spreading wildfires is now unknown, although officials cited by the Times suggest recent dry thunderstorms, in which there's lightning but no rainfall. "There are people who arrived saying they didn't want to die in their homes, which were surrounded by flames", Ricardo Tristao of Ansiao told reporters. The ceremony took place before the teams' match Sunday at the Confederations Cup tournament. "So what we must do now is to calmly provide all the resources to fight the fires".

"We want to send a big hug to everyone in Portugal for what they are going through, which is absolutely awful. There are no words for that".

Of the victims, 59 people were killed from flames or smoke inhalation and two more were killed in a road accident trying to flee the blaze, according the spokesperson Aicha El Hammar.

Neighbouring Spain's prime minister also offered support to Portugal.

Greece experienced its deadliest fires a decade ago.

"My heart goes out to those people who have lost loved ones in the most awful and unjust fashion".

Numerous victims died while trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road between the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera. Numerous victims of the fire were trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road on the evening of June 17.

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No information was immediately given on how the others were killed.

So far, no one has been reported killed by the fire inside a house.

Gomes said that 14 civilians had been injured, 10 of them seriously, along with six firefighters.

Portugal was sweltering under a severe heatwave across the weekend, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in several regions. "The priority now is to save those people who could still be in danger", PM Costa said at the Civil Protection headquarters near Lisbon adding that a period of national mourning would be announced soon.

"Everything indicates that the fire was started by natural causes".

About 60 forest fires broke out across the country on Saturday night, with close to 1,700 firefighters battling them across Portugal, reports the BBC.

Forest fires are common in the the Iberian peninsula during the summer months, but today's example is particularly extreme. At least three villages near Pedrogao Grande were evacuated. Our thoughts are with victims.

Sixteen people were injured, including five firefighters.

Wildfires in Portugal kill at least 58