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Firefighters battle western Greece wildfire burning through the night

CA, 02 Aug 2021
Sparks lit up the night sky as firefighters battled a blaze on the hills of western Greece that broke out the day before and spread towards the sea.

Nearly 300 firefighters fought through the night to contain the fire, which burned through pine and olive trees and damaged a number of homes and beach settlements, according to the national fire service.

Several villages and beaches were evacuated on July 31 when the fire crossed over the highway connecting Athens to Patras, Greece's third largest city, dividing the area in two.

Fifteen people with breathing issues were taken to hospital, according to officials.

Greek authorities had warned the public on Friday that there was a high risk of wildfires during a "dangerous" heatwave expected to peak next week with temperatures expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius.

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