A forest fire in Spain has claimed 11 lives. All the dead were volunteer firefighters who perished as they fought a desperate battle to overcome a blaze that has raged out of control in the centre of the country. A barbecue that was not put out properly is thought to be the cause of the inferno. After starting in a nature reserve, it has spread along a 17 kilometre front in the Guadalajara area, east of Madrid.
In a separate incident, police arrested a man suspected of having started a fire close to an oil refinery. Hundreds of people have had to be evacuated from their homes in the various fire-hit areas. Caught up in the Guadalajara emergency, some 500 villagers have been provided with temporary shelter.