Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Crews battling Portugal wildfires

Portuguese firefighters tackle a blaze (AP)
Portuguese firefighters tackle a blaze (AP)

Portuguese firefighters are still battling wildfires a day after one was killed and nine were injured when winds gusting in a hilly region changed direction.

Commander Antonio Ribeiro, of the Serra de Caramulo firefighting division, said the crew ran from the flames but the firefighter who died fled in the wrong direction.

He said that she was later found dead.

The fire in hills near the small city of Tondela in north central Portugal was brought under control late on Thursday, but there are fresh reports of another fire that broke out nearby. Mr Ribeiro said about 200 firefighters were trying to prevent more from starting in hot, dry conditions.

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