Fire near Athens triggers evacuations

A strong fire raging 40 kilometres (25 miles) south-east of the Greek capital on Thursday led to the evacuation of a children’s summer camp and a monastery, the fire department said.

By (AFP)

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Published: Thu 19 Jul 2012, 9:01 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:33 AM

Aided by strong winds, the fire started in the semi-rural region of Keratea and has damaged five homes, according to the department’s first estimate.

“It’s a large fire and a large part of our forces has been diverted to deal with it,” the department’s spokeswoman told AFP.

A team consisting of 35 fire engines, 106 firemen, seven water bombers and two helicopters were on the spot trying to put out the flames.

Meanwhile another fire that started on Wednesday in the region of the Peloponnese, in the south of Greece, was still raging on Thursday, although the situation seemed somewhat improved.

“The image is a little better today,” the spokeswoman said, adding that 69 fire engines, 130 firemen, 47 soldiers, four municipal trucks and a helicopter were on the scene.

The fire caused the evacuation of a small village on Wednesday and the outlying area in the north-western Peloponnese peninsula was declared to be in a state of emergency.

Greece suffers from numerous fires every summer, often attributed to arson though perpetrators are rarely caught.

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