Eight dead in Portugal building fire

Representational Image. Credit Reuters

Representational Image. Credit Reuters

Mayor Jose Antonio de Jesus said: "Several dozen people have been injured, some lightly and others gravely, and are still being assisted".

Civil Protection Agency commander Paulo Santos told local radio station TSF that at least 50 people were injured.

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Witnesses speaking to local television channels said the fire 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.

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Thick black smoke could be seen rising over Dublin Airport and by aircraft flying into the busy global terminal.

The blast comes after Portugal's deadliest-ever forest fires past year, which killed more than 100 people.

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Dublin Fire Brigade sent eight fire engines and scores of firefighters to the scene.

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