Wildfire burns homes north of Athens

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire as local residents stand outside a burning house near Athens, Greece.

Firefighters battled a large wildfire north of Athens, Greece, that started after a car hit an electrical pole, eventually burning nearly a dozen homes.

ATHENS, Greece — A large wildfire raged through a hamlet north of Athens on Monday, burning about 10 homes. No injuries have been reported.

The fire broke out at Avra near Marathon, about 30 miles from Athens, and spread quickly because of strong winds.

The fire brigade said about 90 firefighters, assisted by eight water-dropping aircraft, partially contained the blaze, and the aircraft were called off late in the afternoon.

Authorities in Marathon said the blaze was started by a car that crashed into an electrical pole and caught fire. No injuries were reported from the road accident.

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


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