Fire, ensuing stampede kills 8, wounds 50 in Portugal

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

Fire ripped through a local community centre in northern Portugal where dozens of people were watching a weekend football match, killing eight and injuring another 38, officials said today.

Civil protection official Paulo Santos earlier said between 50 and 60 people were hurt.

A wood-burning stove exploded in the two-story building in the town of Tondela, around 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, local mayor Jose Gomes Jesus told reporters. Some reports said glass wool in the roof helped the fire spread faster.

They added people crowded the exits a thick some filled the building.

Some of the more seriously wounded were airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

The blast comes after Portugal's deadliest-ever forest fires previous year, which killed more than 100 people. A heater is thought to have exploded at a packed residents' association building in the small town of Vila Nova da Rainha where an amateur card tournament was taking place on Saturday night.

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