Firefighters battle growing forest blaze near Athens

The village of Vilia, about 50 kilometers northwest of Athens, and another six villages, were evacuated, along with a nursing home, as the fire reached the road towards Vilia and encircled the village. More than 400 fire-fighters, including 143 from Poland, along with volunteers battled the blaze.

The fire, fanned by strong winds, started on Monday (August 16), but had seemed under control.

Fire-fighters could be seen scrambling to stop a fire from engulfing one house. It was not clear if any homes were damaged in the blaze.

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