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Residents flee as wildfires blaze in Greece

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 00:50

Wildfires broke out on Sunday in a village near Greece's capital forcing residents out of their homes. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A wildfire broke out on Sunday (August 13) close to a village near Athens, which burned part of a pine forest, damaged houses and caused people to flee their homes. More than 40 fire-fighters with 20 fire engines and three water-dropping helicopters battled the fire, which broke out in Kalamos, a coastal area some 45 km northeast of Athens. Police said no injuries had been reported but at least eleven houses were damaged severely. As night fell, the fire continued to burn and the mayor of Oropos, under whose jurisdiction Kalamos falls, called the situation "very difficult". The cause of the fire was unknown, but summer wildfires are common in Greece. Hundreds died in 2007 during the most serious outbreak in decades.

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Residents flee as wildfires blaze in Greece

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 00:50