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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.

Posted on June 19, 2017, at 12:42 p.m. ET

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.



A forest in flames during a wildfire near the village of Mega Fundeira.
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A forest in flames during a wildfire near the village of Mega Fundeira.

Local residents react as they are evacuated from the village of Derreada Cimeira.
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Local residents react as they are evacuated from the village of Derreada Cimeira.


A firefighter unit speeds back to the active fire-front in Aguda.
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A firefighter unit speeds back to the active fire-front in Aguda.

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato.
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Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato.

A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra.
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A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra.

Police control traffic during a wildfire in the village of Derreada Cimeira.
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Police control traffic during a wildfire in the village of Derreada Cimeira.

Volunteers unload food and water at a fire station in Pedrógão Grande.
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Volunteers unload food and water at a fire station in Pedrógão Grande.

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

A firefighter works to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato.
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A firefighter works to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato.

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

Firefighters rest near the village of Torgal.
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Firefighters rest near the village of Torgal.

Smoke from a forest fire is seen from the village of Dornes.
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Smoke from a forest fire is seen from the village of Dornes.

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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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.

A Red Cross worker rests outside a relief center for people affected by a forest fire in Figueiró dos Vinhos.
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A Red Cross worker rests outside a relief center for people affected by a forest fire in Figueiró dos Vinhos.

Villagers sit outdoors as a forest fire burns near the village of Fato.
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Villagers sit outdoors as a forest fire burns near the village of Fato.

Burned cars block the road between Castanheira de Perâ and Figueiró dos Vinhos.
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Burned cars block the road between Castanheira de Perâ and Figueiró dos Vinhos.

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The dead body of a wildfire victim lies covered by a blanket on a road in Pedrógão.

Portuguese firefighters work to stop a forest fire reaching the village of Figueiró dos Vinhos.
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Portuguese firefighters work to stop a forest fire reaching the village of Figueiró dos Vinhos.

A burned house whose owner died is left destroyed by a wildfire at Pobrais, Pedrógão Grande.
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A burned house whose owner died is left destroyed by a wildfire at Pobrais, Pedrógão Grande.

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A dead deer lays on the roadside in an area affected by a wildfire at Vilas de Pedro, Figueiró dos Vinhos.

Isabel Godinho, 63, cries inside her burned garage at Vilas de Pedro.
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Isabel Godinho, 63, cries inside her burned garage at Vilas de Pedro.

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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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.