"Portugal Fires Kill More Than 60, Including Drivers Trapped in Cars"

"MADRID — A raging forest fire enveloped a stretch of road in central Portugal this weekend, killing more than 60 people, including at least 30 motorists who were trapped in their cars.

The fire, which was still burning on Sunday afternoon, has brought 'a dimension of human tragedy that we cannot remember,' Prime Minister António Costa said during a visit to the scorched area around Pedrógão Grande.

The initial deadly blaze started on Saturday, and the flames spread along four fronts with 'great violence,' said Jorge Gomes, the secretary of state for internal administration. By Sunday afternoon, five infernos were raging in central Portugal, he said."

Raphael Minder reports for the New York Times June 18, 2017.

Source: NY Times, 06/19/2017