Greek wildfire rages near Athens, threatens homes

A wildfire raged close to a village near the Greek capital, damaging one building and threatening homes, officials said.

Greek wildfire rages near Athens, threatens homes

A wildfire raged close to a village near the Greek capital on Thursday, damaging one building and threatening homes, officials said.

About 100 fire-fighters with 16 fire engines, two aircraft and five helicopters battled the flames near Magoula, about 20 km (12 miles) ) northwest of Athens, while strong winds fanned the blaze.

A warehouse and two trucks were on fire a Reuters witness said.

"There are strong winds in the area. We are concerned because the fire is raging near factory warehouses," a fire officer said.

Wildfires are frequent in Greece during the summer, often triggered by high temperatures, drought or arson. Hundreds of fires have scorched swathes of forest land across the country since the beginning of August.

Greece saw its deadliest wildfires in memory in 2007, when blazes on the island of Evia and the southern Peloponnese peninsula raged for more than 10 days, sweeping through dozens of villages and killing 65 people.

Reuters
Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2009, 18:53
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