At least six people have died and 20 injured after a volcano erupted in Guatemala, according to the country’s disaster agency.
The Volcan de Fuego has spewed a stream of lava into a nearby village and sent a column of smoke and ash into the sky.
“It’s a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village. There are injured, burned and dead people,” Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala’s Conred disaster agency.
“We are evacuating and rescuing people and have reports of 20 wounded, six dead and disappeared,” said Mr Cabanas.
Mr Cabanas said four people died when lava set a house on fire and two children perished while standing on a bridge watching the eruption.
Around 300 people have been evacuated, according to David de Leon, a spokesman for the National Disaster Prevention Authority
A woman covered in ash said lava poured through fields and she feared more had died.
“Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried,” Consuelo Hernandez told local news outlet Diario de Centroamerica.
Lava streamed down the streets of a village as emergency crews searched homes looking for trapped residents, another local news outlet reported.
The eruption forced the Guatemala City’s La Aurora international airport to shut down its only runway.
The active volcano is located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital Guatemala City.
It is close to the popular tourist destination Antigua, which is known for its coffee plantations.
Huge plumes of smoke can be seen from across the country and ash rained down in several areas, causing alarm.
Mr de Leon a change in wind was to blame for thevolcanic ash falling on parts of the city.
Photos shared on social media show huge plumes of smoke rising into the sky.