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  • Multiple outlets stated that a heater blew up in the building, while contrasting reports blamed a wood-burning stove.

    Multiple outlets stated that a heater blew up in the building, while contrasting reports blamed a wood-burning stove. | Photo: Reuters FIRE

Local media cited firefighters as saying that a heating-system explosion was the likely cause.

At least eight people were killed and dozens more injured in a fire and stampede in northeast Lisbon, Portugal late Saturday, officials reported.

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Mayor Jose Antonio de Jesus said more than 60 people were participating in or viewing a card tournament in a two-story building in the town of Vila Nova da Rainha when the fire started.

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

Fox News reported that witnesses accounted that the blaze triggered panic among the patrons attending the tournament, resulting in a stampede in the building after people crowded the exits.

The origin of the fire is yet to be officially confirmed.

However, local media cited firefighters as saying that a heating-system explosion was the likely cause. Multiple outlets stated that a heater blew up in the building, while contrasting reports said that the fire started in a wood-burning stove.

Dozens of fire crews and two rescue helicopters were dispatched to transport the injured to the hospital.


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