Six dead as 'Volcano of Fire' erupts in Guatemala

Guatemala Fuego volcano

Guatemala Fuego volcano

Guatemala's disaster management agency says at least 25 people are dead after a volcano erupted Sunday near Guatemala City, spewing molten lava, and covering nearby villages in thick smoke and ash.

"It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village".

Seven people have been killed and almost 300 injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, officials say.

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez told news outlet Diario de Centroamerica.

The Volcan del Fuego, roughly 27 miles from Guatemala City, shot ash almost four miles into the sky. Four other people were killed, including a disaster agency official, after a house caught fire from the lava.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed bodies strewn atop the lava flow, which was around 5 miles long at one point.

Rescuers struggled to reach rural residents cut off by a volcanic eruption that killed at 25 people near Guatemala's capital, and authorities feared the death toll could rise with an undetermined number of people unaccounted for.

Fuego volcano, nine miles west of Antigua Guatemala, erupted over the weekend sending devastating lava and ash clouds over the local communities.

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More than 100 people have been injured.

Richard added: "We knew it was active, it's all part of the experience, you go up and see the lava, that's the point of climbing Acatenango".

"It is important to remain calm because the Fuego volcano erupts throughout the year", said David de Leon, spokesman for the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction.

The volcanic eruption spewed a river of red, hot lava and belched thick clouds of smoke almost six miles into the air, according to the CONRED, the government's national coordinator for disaster reduction.

The eruption officially ended late Sunday, according to the Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. The news outlet also said the Guatemalan military was providing help which includes clearing volcanic ash from La Aurora airport's runway.

Residents have been urged to wear masks due to the falling ash.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the surrounding area and Guatemala City's airport has been closed, authorities said.

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