Ancient Olympia on fire: dozens of houses burned down – battle for archaeological sites

According to the mayor, the fire that broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Ancient Olympia is out of control, the fire is only one and a half kilometers from the archaeological site.

The fire that broke out in Elijah, as well as the vast territory around Ancient Olympia, continues its destructive work uncontrollably. According to the message sent from the phone number 112, residents of the villages of Pelopio, Platano, Koskina, Mageira, Cladeo should be evacuated to Pyrgos along the Tripoli-Olympia national road. Citizens in Kafkonia or Helidoni are urged to evacuate to Lala. During another activation of the 112 service, Ancient Olympia was evacuated, according to the mayor of Pyrgos, to the village of Lazoy. The Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Georgios Georgiopoulos, told ERT that the fire is going the same way as in 2007, and stressed that dozens of houses have already burned down. Among other things, from 10 to 12 houses burned down in the Platanos area and four more in Kastania. Information about the village of Pelopio is drowning. “The threat to homes is still relevant. The fire is located one and a half kilometers from the archaeological site. Thanks to the dense vegetation, the fire can overcome this distance in a matter of minutes,” the mayor said, adding that he is in contact with the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni.

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