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At least 8 dead, dozens injured in Portugal building fire

AP  |  Lisbon 

At least eight people died and dozens were injured, some seriously, after a heater exploded and started a at the packed premises of a local residents' association in the north of Portugal, officials said.

A wood-burning stove exploded in the two-story building late last night in the town of Tondela, around 250 kilometres north of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, Jose Gomes Jesus told reporters.

told local radio that at least 50 people were injured.

Witnesses speaking to local television channels said the caused panic among the roughly 60 people in the building who were taking part in an evening amateur card tournament.

They said people crowded the exits as thick smoke filled the building. Dozens of crews and two rescue helicopters were at the scene taking the injured to hospital.

Authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 05:50 IST