Saturday 26 May 2018

Eight die in leisure centre fire

'Mayor Jose Antonio de Jesus said in televised remarks that more than 60 people had been taking part or watching a card tournament in the twostorey popular gathering place when the fire erupted'
'Mayor Jose Antonio de Jesus said in televised remarks that more than 60 people had been taking part or watching a card tournament in the twostorey popular gathering place when the fire erupted'

Luis Silva

At least eight people have been killed and dozens injured in a fire and stampede in a local leisure association in the town of Vila Nova da Rainha in northern Portugal on Saturday night, officials said.

Mayor Jose Antonio de Jesus said in televised remarks that more than 60 people had been taking part or watching a card tournament in the two-storey popular gathering place when the fire erupted.

"Several dozen people have been injured, some lightly and others gravely, and are still being assisted," he said.

He would not say what had caused the fire, but local media cited firefighters on the spot as saying that an explosion of a heating boiler was the likely cause.

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