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Wildfire erupts in Athens suburb

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 00:41

Aug. 6 - Firefighters in Greece battle a wildfire that broke out in a northeastern suburb of the capital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Fire-fighters were battling a wildfire on Tuesday in a northeastern Athens suburb, some 20 kilometres from the Greek capital. The fire erupted late on Monday night in the suburb of Varibobi, at the foot of Mount Parnitha and, fanned by strong winds, quickly spread coming dangerously close to homes, forcing local authorities to ask residents to evacuate the area. Firemen, volunteers and residents with garden hoses worked throughout the night to control the fire as airplanes and helicopters could not be used due to darkness. As the first daylight broke, ten firefighting planes and three helicopters were sent to the area to join the 61 vehicles and 122 firemen that were fighting the blaze. The wildfire threatened several houses and caused damages to some, but no injuries were reported, a fire brigade official said.

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Wildfire erupts in Athens suburb

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 00:41