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EL RODEO, Guatemala — Fighting back tears, José Alberto Miche, 18, said Sunday began as a day like any other.
The teenager said the Fuego volcano, less than a mile from his hometown, El Rodeo, was always active, but would always calm down. The last major eruption was in 1974.
But this Sunday was different.
As of Wednesday, 75 people have been killed since the eruption, officials said. However, the death toll is expected to rise further.
“We don’t expect to find any survivors,” one firefighter told NBC News Tuesday as he headed up the volcano.
Miche said he remembers getting ready for work and walking with his mother to the road outside El Rodeo, one of the hardest-hit villages since Sunday’s eruption.”I felt like something bad was going to happen. I said goodbye,” he said Tuesday, tears streaming down his face.