Aftermath of major blaze near Athens

  • Tuesday 13, August 2019 01:04 PM
Burnt houses, trees and dead animals are left in the wake of a major forest fire that was threatening homes on the outskirts of Athens. Greek firefighters brought the fire under control after evacuating nearby residential areas.
Greek firefighters on Monday brought under control a major forest fire that was threatening homes on the outskirts of Athens, officials said.

At least two houses were burned but there were no reports of injuries as police quickly evacuated the area and blocked roads.

The civil protection authority said the blaze started in the eastern suburb of Peania, in the pine-forested foothills of Mount Ymittos.

Over 130 firemen were dispatched to the scene to stop the fire spreading to heavily inhabited areas nearby.