58 dead in Portugal forest fires near Coimbra

Death toll rises to 58 in Portugal forest fires near Coimbra
Death toll rises to 58 in Portugal forest fires near Coimbra

The toll number of the victim of the massive forest fire in Portugal has risen to 57 have been killed, BBC quoted the Portuguese official as saying. 





Most died while trying to flee the Pedrogao Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government.

Several firefighters are among the 59 people injured.

"Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires," said Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

The death toll could rise further, he said.

Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said that 30 of those who died were found inside cars, with another 17 next to the vehicles, on one road leading on to the IC8 motorway.

Last Modified: 06 18 2017 02:17 PM

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