Athens Wildfires Destroys Homes, Damages Cars

A wildfire that razed the Athenian suburbs of Glyfada and Voula on Sunday burned down 10 homes, and one car and motorcycle.

According to a report from Athens-Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA) quoting the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, the fire department continued to document the damage as several firefighters stayed in case the flames restarted.

The majority of the damage was to outdoor fixtures such as solar heaters, awnings, guttering, and garden equipment, while one home’s interior was severely damaged and another’s roof was damaged.

There were also two cars that suffered damage from the wildfire.

The fire department has not finished listing damages, while the municipality and region are keeping their own records.

Despite being contained in both Ano Voula and Vari, the fire was not yet deemed totally under control, with no actively burning fronts and no danger of spreading. 

On Sunday afternoon, water-bombing planes took out from Elefsina to undertake surveillance and, if required, drop water on inaccessible locations to aid ground forces.

According to meteorological forecasts for the Eastern Mediterranean region, which is considered a climate crisis “hotspot,” Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides cautioned in a separate ANA-MPA article that this might be the start of a “bad summer” ahead.

“We are still at the start and the aim is to mitigate the repercussions of all the new phenomena arising from the climate crisis,” Stylianides added.

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