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Portugal blaze kills 62 people

Forest fire traps drivers trying to flee

By COMPILED BY DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF WIRE REPORTS

This article was published June 19, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Portuguese firefighters work to stop a forest fire from reaching the town of Figueiro dos Vinhos on Sunday in central Portugal.



PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal -- A forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 62 people as they tried to flee, charring cars and trucks as it swept over roads. The disaster -- the worst tragedy Portugal has experienced in decades -- shook the nation, with the president declaring that the country's pain "knows no end."



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