Portugal Fire Survivor: 'I Should Have Died'

Last edited 18th June 2017

Portugal Fire Survivor: 'I Should Have Died'

A wildfire in central Portugal, apparently started by a lightning strike in dry conditions, has claimed dozens of lives.

One of those lucky to survive was Gareth Roberts, 36, who is originally from Colne in Lancashire but who has lived in central Portugal for the past four years.

He told the BBC his story.

We were driving back from holiday in Cadiz in Spain and were about 50 minutes from home - we'd known about the fire for a few hours, we could see the plume of smoke.


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