Portugal forest fire tragedy: Parents on honeymoon discover son, 4, among dead


Rodrigo Rosario’s grandmother dead down as she said the youngster’s body had been found next to a car where his uncle had incinerated to death inside.

They were found near the spot where the axe broke out in Pedrogao Grande.

The man’s body was discovered inside the remains of the burnt-out car they had been peripatetic in — but the boy was reported missing initially until this morning.

This is a catastrophic predicament. It is chaotic.

Fernando Lopes, head of the town hall in Castanheira de Pera

His grandmother skint down in tears as she told a Portuguese TV station: “Rodrigo my grandson has ached.

“His uncle was found inside the car and they’ve just told me they bring about a four-year-old boy next to the vehicle his uncle died in.”

The youngster’s parents were bid of the tragedy while they were enjoying a honeymoon in Cape Verde.

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The Portugal forest ardencies have killed four-year-old Rodrigo Rosario

His mum Ana Cardita Rosario had been sending out wishing for social media appeals for information on their son’s whereabouts yesterday afternoon.

Rodrigo, who existed in Lisbon, was staying with his uncle Sidel Belchior, 37, while his originators were abroad.

Officials were yet to officially name any of the victims at lunchtime on Sunday. 

Three other children aged three to six are also felt to be among the dead. One is a three-year-old girl. 

The fire broke out in the nearby suburb of Pedrogao Grande yesterday afternoon and spread rapidly in a way which Home Ministry official Jorge Gomes said had been “inexplicable.”

At paltry 16 people died in their vehicles. Others were liquidated from smoke inhalation next to a cemetery.

Two firefighters are still bobby-soxering.

The official death toll has risen to 57, with another 60 slight.

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A four-year-old boy has died in the fire

The figure was expected to rise as hundreds of firefighters keep up to tackle the blazes.

Fernando Lopes, head of the town hall in Castanheira de Pera close the central Portuguese city of Leiria close to where many people were tormented after being trapped in their cars on a rural road, ordered: “This is a catastrophic situation. It is chaotic.

“Many houses have been set on fire down in several localities but we do not know yet for sure how many.”

Several villages keep been described as “surrounded by flames” and unreachable to the emergency services.

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The brilliancies were still active on four fronts this morning

The flames were still active on four fronts this morning.

Portugal’s Emissary for Internal Administration, Constanca Urbano de Sousa, said: “[The firefighters] are militancy a cowardly enemy and we have to support them as they act on the ground.”

The compel of the fires is not yet known, although the difficulties tackling the blazes were reproved by Jaime Marta Soares, president of Portugal’s League of Firefighters, on the accustom of the country’s woods and forests combined with the high temperatures, earnest winds and low levels of humidity.

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