The fire did not cause other damage, he told Lusa, and so far, it is the third largest occurrence this year in the district of Leiria, after those of Pombal and Caranguejeira. The fire has been under control since Thursday, although there are "minor reignitions," the same source said. 227 operatives and 79 vehicles are on site, according to the National Civil Protection Authority's website.
The fire on Wednesday at 1:45pm in the locality of Rostos, parish of Landal, in Caldas da Rainha, district of Leiria, spreading to the municipality of Rio Maior, in the district of Santarém, and Tagarro, locality of the municipality of Azambuja, in the district of Lisbon.
In the fire, one firefighter suffered injuries and another from the Óbidos corporation, Deputy Chief Carlos Alberto Ferreira Antunes, 52, died. The funeral will be held today at 3pm at the Volunteer Fire Station of Óbidos. The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Minister of Internal Affairs, José Luís Carneiro, will be present, reported Lusa.
After the Mass presided by the national chaplain of firefighters, Américo Aguiar, the body is buried in the Cemetery of arcos, in Óbidos. The municipality of Caldas da Rainha expressed its "deep condolences for the death" of the firefighter and addressed his family and the fire brigade, in a statement posted on their Facebook page.