- Title: GREECE: FOREST FIRES RAGE ACROSS GREECE.
- Date: 5th July 1998
- Summary: AVLONA, GREECE (JULY 4, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV: WIDE OF BURNING WAREHOUSE/ PLUME OF SMOKE RISING (2 SHOTS) 0.12 2. LV: VARIOUS OF BURNING WAREHOUSE 0.18 3. LV: FIREFIGHTERS WITH HOSE AT SCENE 0.24 4. LV: HOUSE BURNING (VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING) 0.29 5. GV: BUILDING/ FIRES IN BACKGROUND 0.34 6. LV: FACTORY BURNING, POLICEMAN WATCHING FROM GATE 0.40 7. GV: BURNING MACHINERY AT FACTORY 0.47 (NIGHT VIEWS) 8. LV: VARIOUS WIDE VIEWS FLAMES AND SMOKE RISING FROM HILLS/ FLAMES AND SMOKE BILLOWING FROM TREES IN FORESTS (18 SHOTS) 2.47 Initials PART QUALITY AS INCOMING Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: AVLONA, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Reuters ID: LVA88AQRV6VF5MZXA9R2HDFHE1GK
- Story Text: At least one person has been killed and another is feared dead in one of 10 forest fires raging across Greece scorching thousands of acres of forestland and forcing people to rush out of their burning homes.
Police said on Saturday (July 4) an elderly woman was killed at a fire in Salamina west of Athens and that they were investigating reports of a man killed by the blaze while trying to save his house.
At least 10 forest fires, including three close to Athens, raged out of control, from the northern region of Chalkidiki to Corinth, south of Athens.
Traffic on the main north-south highway was cut by police some 60 kms north of Athens as fire units tried to control the raging flames from spreading across the road and moving on to the mountains and hills overlooking the capital.
The blazes were fanned by strong winds which were supposed to bring relief after three days of a scorching heatwave where temperatures averaged 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across the country.
The weather service said the winds would continue throughout the night.Army units were sent to help the firemen and television showed pictures of burning homes and their devastated owners.
Police said the fire department was investigating what caused the fires and at least in one case arsonists were probably responsible.
They said it was the first time so many fires had broken out in a single day.
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