Wildfire burns homes near Athens

2013-08-05 16:32
Firefighting plane drops water during a wildfire in Kehries near the town of Corinth, Greece. (Vassilis Psomas, AP)

Firefighting plane drops water during a wildfire in Kehries near the town of Corinth, Greece. (Vassilis Psomas, AP)

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Athens - Greek firefighters are battling a large wildfire in a hamlet north of Athens that has burnt at least two homes and is threatening others.

The fire broke out on Monday at Avra near Marathon, some 50km from Athens. It spread quickly because of strong winds. No injuries were reported.

Eight fire-dropping aircraft were assisting some 60 firefighters in efforts to extinguish the blaze.

Also Monday, more than 50 firefighters helped by seven aircraft are fighting a forest blaze in the central Fokida region. No damage to homes or injuries are reported from that fire.

Wildfires are common in Greece during the hot, dry summers. More than 70 people died during huge blazes in 2007.

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