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Drivers burned alive while trying to escape raging wildfire in Portugal

By Mason White 4:54 PM June 19, 2017
Wildfire in Portugal
Wildfire in Portugal
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A record breaking wildfire broke out in Portugal, claiming as many as 62 lives and leaving many more with horrific injuries, according to firefighters.

Several drivers were burned alive while trying to escape fire the raging wildfire, which broke out on Saturday.

At least four children were among the dead, while 62 others were injured. As many as 30 people have died in their cars.

According to the police investigation, the wildfire broke out on Saturday, in Leiria.

Investigators believe that the fire was sparked by lightning, and quickly spread due to the high temperature and strong winds.

This is believed to be the worst fire in the country’s history. The government has declared a 3 day mourning period for the victim of the fire.

The fire remains active with hundreds of firefighters battling the blaze on multiple fronts.

The mayor of Pedrogao Grande, Valdemar Alves, said that he cannot remember a tragedy of this proportion and is completely stunned by the loss of life.

4-year-old Rodrigo Rosario was burned alive while trying to escape from the fire in the vehicle of his uncle, 37-year-old Sidel Belchior.

Belchior’s vehicle and the cars of many others were found completely burned on a road that runs through the forest.