While everyone else desperately tried to flee, Portugal's firefighters ran headlong into the blaze.
Charity Stream - https://t.co/Uom95RRyH3 - #portugalfire victims! @worldoftanks @Wargaming_netEN @WorldofWarships pic.twitter.com/YVuO1mVIUp— Harkonnen (@Duarte_Teixeira) June 20, 2017
For more than a week firefighters fought the flames on 12 hour shifts trying to contain a blaze that destroyed 30,000 hectares of land, homes and livelihoods.
Photos of the deadly forest fire in Portugal https://t.co/LbklsQBfMk pic.twitter.com/zpxvkEJYLh— The Big Picture (@big_picture) June 22, 2017
A grateful civilian managed to capture a photograph of the exhausted firefighters trying to nap and recharge on a grassy lawn, and it's gone viral for all the right reasons. These men risked their lives for complete strangers, pushing themselves to the brink of exhaustion to save everything and everyone they could from the flames. The fires have died down and the ash has begun to settle, but Portugal is only just beginning to realize the scale of destruction. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Portugal, and the brave firefighters that saved so many lives with their sacrifice. Share their story of survival today.
64 people have died The most deadly fire in Portugal Is it fair? A firefighter just died Im speechless Heartbroken#pedrogaogrande#Portugal pic.twitter.com/L6TdTYDU0p— Daniela. Mendes (@UnicornsDoFly) June 19, 2017
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