Portugal blaze kills 62 people

Forest fire traps drivers trying to flee


Photographs by AP/PAULO DUARTE

Portuguese firefighters work to stop a forest fire from reaching the town of Figueiro dos Vinhos on Sunday in central Portugal.

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal -- A forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 62 people as they tried to flee, charring cars and trucks as it swept over roads. The disaster -- the worst tragedy Portugal has experienced in decades -- shook the nation, with the president declaring that the country's pain "knows no end."

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