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27th Jul 2018

‘Serious indications’ Greek fire that killed 83 caused by arson

Carl Kinsella

Greek Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas has said that there are ‘serious indications’ the fire in Greece that killed dozens was started intentionally

So far there are 83 people reported dead as a result of the fire, which devastated the towns of Mati and Rafina on the coast of Greece, popular with tourists intending to use ferry services to visit islands.

According to Mr. Toskas, the suggestion that arson is behind the fatal blaze is based on satellite images and ground inspections by police and fire officials.

Dozens of people are still missing, with 60 receiving treatment in hospitals, 11 of which are still in intensive care.

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Many people were saved by reaching and entering the sea to avoid the flames, but others were isolated by as the fire was quickly whipped into an inferno by high speed winds.