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22 Heartbreaking Pictures From The Portugal Fire That Killed More Than 60 People

Many of those killed had been trapped in their motor vehicles. Portugal has declared three days of national mourning.

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More than 60 people were killed and scores more were injured when wildfires ripped through central Portugal near Figueiró dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pêra.

According to Jorge Gomes, the secretary of state for internal administration, nearly half of those killed had been caught in their motor vehicles as fast-moving flames enveloped roadways. While the cause of the fire is not immediately clear, officials have suggested that a lightning strike, coupled with the seasonal arid landscape, was responsible for starting the inferno.

Warning: some viewers may find several of the following images disturbing.




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Burned cars sit next to a forest after a wildfire took dozens of lives near Castanheira de Pêra in Leiria district.

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A dog sits outside a burned house after a wildfire took dozens of lives near Castanheira de Perâ in Leiria district.

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People are evacuated from their houses by Red Cross and police personnel due to the proximity of a dangerous wildfire at Torgal, Castanheira de Perâ.

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Roses were placed on the remains of a car in which a woman was killed after going off the road in the village of Nodeirinho, near Pedrógão Grande.

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