Dramatic footage shows a woman emerging from the ashes of Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego saying that while she managed to escape, her entire family and neighbors were likely wiped out by a rogue lava flow.
David de Leon, spokesman for the disaster agency, said about 300 people evacuated areas near the volcano.
Dozens of people are dead after a volcano eruption in Guatemala.
"As soon as we received the information around 6 a.m. that the volcano was in an eruptive phase, the protocol was initiated to verify with different sectors and also talk to the communities, to community leaders".
A Guatemalan rescue team worker carries a girl in El Rodeo, Escuintla, Guatemala, June 3, 2018, after the eruption at Fuego volcano, which has left at least 25 dead, around 20 injured and more than 1.7 million people were affected.
National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) chief Sergio Cabanas did not rule out the number of dead increasing, as there are "missing persons, but we do not know how many".
"A lava flow rarely travels fast enough to engulf people", he said.
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Bodies are laid in a temporary morgue near Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Alotenango, Guatemala, Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Video images published by Sacatepezuez television showed a charred landscape where a lava flow came into contact with homes.
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Volcan del Fuego is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America.
The huge plumes of smoke that could be seen from various parts of the country and the ash that fell in four of Guatemala's departments caused alarm among residents.
In El Rodeo on Monday, heavily armed soldiers wearing blue masks to avoid breathing in ash stood guard behind yellow tape cordoning off the disaster scene.
The most well-known example of the consequences of a pyroclastic flow can be found in Italy where the two Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were covered under a thick blanket of ash in 79 AD.
President Jimmy Morales informed that a national emergency response team has been activated.
The volcano is some 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital, Guatemala City, and is close to the colonial city of Antigua, which is popular with tourists and is known for its coffee plantations.
The Volcan del Fuego burst into eruption Sunday, hurling ash 14,700 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level and sending flows of pyroclastic materials down its flanks into nearby towns.
A disaster is unfolding in Guatemala, where the Volcano of Fire has erupted, forcing nearby residents to run for their lives with no warning.
The Directorate of Civil Aeronautics announced that La Aurora International Airport was closed because of the danger posed to planes by the ash.