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Beach resort on Greek island of Lesbos damaged by wildfire amid summer heatwave

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Beach resort on Greek island of Lesbos damaged by wildfire amid summer heatwave

Residents were evacuated from a coastal region on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos over the weekend, as a wildfire which started in mountainous forests burned properties in the beach resort of Vatera.

Footage shows buildings ablaze and beach furniture left charred by the fast-spreading flames.

Thick billowing smoke fanned by strong winds could be seen in the area as firefighters and local residents attempted to tackle the fire.

A number of homes in the village of Vatera, as well as a beach bar on the shore, were left damaged.

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