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Greece investigates arson as death toll of resort fire rises higher

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An aerial view shows a burnt area following a wildfire in the village of Mati, near Athens

The Greek government has voiced suspicions of arson as the possible cause of the tragic wildfire of July 23 that took the lives of not less than 83 people and burnt down the seaside resort village of Mati.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported on Thursday, July 26, that the toll from Greece’s deadliest wildfire in decades feared to rise further some 300 firemen and volunteers were searching the area for dozens of people still missing.

«We have serious indications and significant signs suggesting the criminal actions of arson,» Civil Protection Minister Nikos Toskas stated adding that police had corresponding testimonies.

The Greek police has launched an investigation to establish how the fire started from three different locations at the same time, on Monday, July 23, while another large fire was raging west of Athens.


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