The fire chief of Miranda do Corvo, José Augusto, died on Saturday during the fire fighting of a “medium proportions” fire in the municipality of Lousa in the Coimbra district in northern Portugal.
The National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) commander, Duarte da Costa, has announced an investigation by the Ministry of Interior for this incident, despite citing atmospheric instability as a possible cause “that has caused a change in wind direction”. in a rather rough area, according to the Portuguese newspaper ‘Público’.
According to Da Costa, Augusto was “a highly competitive professional” who mourned the death of the fireman, an “expert” with almost four decades of service.
According to the Lusa news agency, the Miranda do Corvo fire department’s deputy commander, Rui Bingre, three other firemen had to be cared for by health professionals, but they have already been released medically.