Aug
28
2007

Greece fires: Two suspects arrested after huge losses

Fire damage: Authorities check through a heavily fire-damaged area of Greece. Hugh wildfires have swept through the southern portions of the country and officials belief they've been deliberately set.
Fire damage: Authorities check through a heavily fire-damaged area of Greece. Hugh wildfires have swept through the southern portions of the country and officials belief they've been deliberately set.
After nearly a week of burning at an out-of-control pace, two people have been apprehended as possibly being responsible for the starting of huge wildfires that have been burning in Greece.

More than 50 people are known dead from the fires that have raced across southern Greece. Now in the line of fire is the city of Olympia, the home of the Olympic Games. As of Tuesday afternoon, no historic sites were damaged, but fires were moving close to a museum and archaeological center.

Through the weekend, about 45 villages had to be evacuated due to fire threats. Summer is always a severe time for wildfires in Greece, but this summer has been especially bad, authorities report, with more than 3,000 blazes.

And law enforcement is especially concerned about this latest wave of fires. A 65-year-old man was arrested based on accounts from people in the area seeing him torching areas. Officials are also looking for more leads on a gas canister device connected to a cell phone that was found in one of the wildfire sites. Authorities believe the arson actions could be tied to the upcoming Greek elections in mid September.

Also apprehended was a 77-year-old woman who was cooking in her garden when the fire got out of control and spread. She’s being charged for criminal negligence.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Nick Nikopoulos's picture
Nick Nikopoulos says:

This was a sad episode. Is it politically motivated? I hope not. The Conservatives should be given a chance to continue their reforms as 3.5 years was not enough time.

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 8:30am
Kyla Stevens's picture
Kyla Stevens says:

Dear Science Mueseum,
I wish there was a way that i could help out the people in greece. If i had enough money i would fly out there and help people that needed help or help them coup with their losses, i would love to do that well i hope that the survivors are doing fine goodbye!

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 12:59pm
mosope ani's picture
mosope ani says:

Dear Sience Museum
It is always very sad to see people die. And how sad it is to lose someoneclose to i wish i could help

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 1:00pm

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