Wildfire near Athens damages homes and forces residents to flee

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Last Update: 09:39
A wildfire close to a village near Athens has damaged dozens of houses and caused people to flee their homes, officials said on Monday.More than 150 firefighters with 50 fire engines and three water-dropping helicopters battled the blaze, which broke out in Kalamos, a coastal area some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of Athens.

A fire brigade official told Reuters that no injuries had been reported but at least a dozen houses were heavily damaged.

"It was a terrible mess, that´s what it was. You could see homes on fire, people running, people desperate, it was chaos and the fire was very big," a resident of Kalamos village told Reuters TV.

Television footage showed hundreds of residents fleeing from the area and heading to the beach to spend the night.

Greek authorities ordered a precautionary evacuation of two youth camps in the area.

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