Fire in Athens, Greece, forces dozens to evacuate | News


A fire of important magnitudes was identified this Saturday in an area located on the outskirts of Athens, for which the local authorities decided to evacuate dozens of inhabitants of the south of the Greek capital.


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According to local media, due to strong winds, the flames spread at high speed along the slopes of Mount Hymettus, affecting several hectares of vegetation, buildings and vehicles.

The incident began in a densely forested region, in the Glyfada neighborhood located 20 kilometers from the center of Athens, and spread to the nearby neighborhood of Voula.

Glyfalda Mayor Giorgos Papanikolaou reported that the initial spark was provided by high voltage at a power station.

A brigade of more than 130 firefighters fought to stop the advance of the flames with the help of six firefighting aircraft and four helicopters, in such a way that they managed to stop the path of the fire that has been active for more than seven hours.

For his part, the mayor of Voula, Grigoris Konstandello, explained to local media that the area where the incident began was very difficult to access for the fire department, so they could not act quickly and highlighted the effort being made to control it.

After this fire, another incident broke out in the city of Kouvaras, also in the vicinity of the Hellenic capital, although the authorities assured that so far the residential areas are not threatened.

Last year’s heat wave, one of the worst in recent decades in Greece, caused fires that destroyed more than 100,000 hectares of forests and crops, this being the worst figure recorded since 2007.

Taking into account these precedents and the current context, more than 200 firefighters and teams from various European Union countries, including Bulgaria, Germany, France, Finland, Romania and Norway, will be mobilized to Greece to help deal with this situation.

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