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Twelve charged over last year’s wildfires

by TPN/PA, in News · 04-10-2018 09:52:00 · 0 Comments

Prosecutors in Portugal are bringing charges of criminally negligent homicide against 12 defendants over the deaths of 66 people in a major wildfire last year.

Twelve charged over last year’s wildfires

At Pedrogão Grande, 200 kilometres north-east of Lisbon, 47 people died in their cars as they fled the flames in June 2017.
Investigators allege the municipal road they used was not properly maintained and had dense woodland running close along it.
A prosecutors’ statement said those facing charges include three local councillors and a council employee, three executives for a road maintenance company, three commanders from the government’s Civil Protection Agency and two executives at a power company.
Fire investigators believe the blaze began at a power line and spread fast due to strong winds and high temperatures amid a severe drought. 

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