Portugal forest fire kills 62; officials search for more bodies
A raging forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 62 people as they desperately tried to flee, charring cars and trucks as it swept over roads.
A raging forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 62 people as they desperately tried to flee, charring cars and trucks as it swept over roads.
Almost 24 hours after the deaths Saturday night, fires were still churning across the forested hillsides of central Portugal.
Almost 24 hours after the deaths Saturday night, fires were still churning across the forested hillsides of central Portugal.
More than 350 soldiers on Sunday joined the 700 firefighters who have been struggling to put out the blaze.
More than 350 soldiers on Sunday joined the 700 firefighters who have been struggling to put out the blaze.
Spain sent four firefighting aircraft on Sunday, France was sending three and Greece's prime minister also offered firefighting help.
Spain sent four firefighting aircraft on Sunday, France was sending three and Greece's prime minister also offered firefighting help.
Portugal is prone to forest fires in the dry summer months and temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) hit the area in recent days.
Portugal is prone to forest fires in the dry summer months and temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) hit the area in recent days.
A huge wall of thick smoke and bright red flames towered over the tops of trees in the forested Pedrogao Grande area.
A huge wall of thick smoke and bright red flames towered over the tops of trees in the forested Pedrogao Grande area.
Police and firefighters were searching charred areas of the forest and isolated homes, looking for more bodies.
Police and firefighters were searching charred areas of the forest and isolated homes, looking for more bodies.