Forest blaze kills seven firefighters in Honduras

Forestblaze kills seven firefighters in Honduras

9 March 2008

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Honduras — Seven firefighters died in Honduras on Sunday overwhelmed by araging forest blaze on the outskirts of the capital, the military said.

The firefighters, four soldiers and three forestry workers, were part of a200-strong team been battling to contain the fire on a mountainside close toTegucigalpa since Friday.

They were working to put out the fire and suddenly there was a change of winddirection and they were engulfed by flames, Gen. Orlando Vasquez told localradio.

Honduras is at the start of its summer and forest fires at common at this time.(Reporting by Gustavo Palencia, writing by Chris Aspin, editing by Todd Eastham)

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