3 dead in Madeira Islands as wildfire spreads into capital

August 10, 2016 9:13 AM

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LISBON, Portugal — Three elderly people died in their burned homes in Portugal’s Madeira Islands as a wildfire spread into the capital, Funchal, authorities said Wednesday.

“Unhappily, we have three deaths to report — elderly people caught by the fire ... in two houses,” the head of Madeira’s regional government, Miguel Albuquerque, told a news conference broadcast by local media.

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