Athens wildfires: Car passenger films on motorway surrounded by flames

At least 60 people have been killed by the blazes neat Athens

Tuesday 24 July 2018 16:32
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Athens wildfires: Car passenger films on motorway surrounded by flames

With wind whipped wildfires raging around them and heavy smoke in the air, one person filmed themselves as they drove to safety along Greece's E94 motorway between Athens to Peloponnese.

At least 60 people have been killed by the blazes which spread rapidly towards residential areas engulfing all before them.

It is thought the driver who took the footage survived the journey.

Officials have asked for US drones "to observe and detect any suspicious activity" in the region.

Huge fire sweeps through holiday resorts near Athens, as death toll rises to 24

Some have speculated that they were started deliberately by criminals hoping to loot homes, as 15 fires seemed to start at arund the same time, in three surrounding areas of Athens.

In the coastal resort of Mati, 25 miles from the capital, the flames have engulfed over 1,000 homes and over a dozen vehicles.

Located in the Rafina region, it is popular with local tourists, especially pensioners and children attending holiday camps.

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