A volcano erupted in Guatemala Sunday spewing ash and sending streams of lava into rural areas, where at least 25 people were reportedly killed, according to the Associated Press and local officials.
More than two dozen people were killed and hundreds more injured in Guatemala on Sunday after one of the country's biggest and most active volcanoes randomly erupted.
"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Survivor Consuelo Hernandez said.
This is the second major eruption from Volcan de Fuego this year. At least 3,100 people had evacuated, while the nearby areas are host to some 1.7 million people, CBS News reported.
Firefighters said late Sunday that they had seen some people who were trapped in the area, but roads leading there were cut by pyroclastic flows and they had been unable to reach them.
The volcanic eruption Sunday 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 agency for disaster reduction.
A river of lava destroyed homes and burnt people inside as the Fuego volcano pumped black smoke into skies southwest of Guatemala City this morning.
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"We saw the lava was pouring through the corn fields and we ran towards a hill".
The stratovolcano - a volcano built from layers of ash and lava - "has erupted on and off for centuries", according to the U.S.
National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas had previously confirmed that seven people were dead and an unknown number were unaccounted for. "That could cause more mud flows and nearby rivers to burst their banks", said Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute.
The International Airport La Aurora closed its runway due to the volcanic ash as a precautionary measure.
BBC News reports officials advised residents to wear masks as ash fell.
The eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora worldwide airport to shut down its only runway.
National Disaster Relief Agency spokesman David de Leon told reporters that bodies had also been discovered in the farming community of San Miguel Los Lotes.