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Portugal fire kills eight at leisure centre

Portugal fire kills eight at leisure centre
From BBC - January 13, 2018

At least eight people have been killed and dozens more injured after a blast triggered a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal.

The fire in Vila Nova da Rainha started when a heating boiler in the building exploded, the mayor said.

More than 60 people were at the centre for an amateur card tournament or were watching football on TV.

The fire reportedly ignited material in the roof and spread quickly, causing panic.

Vila Nova da Rainha is close to the town of Tondela and is about 260km (160 miles) north-east of Lisbon.

The mayor of Tondela, Jos Antnio Jesus, told the Pblico newspaper that the fire quickly created a large amount of carbon monoxide.

He said the recreational and cultural centre was "very active and at the heart of the community".

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