The fire brigades in Samos fought all night to deal with a fire that broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Paleochori Marathokampou and became uncontrollable due to strong winds, which also burn the areas of Gioka and Makria Puntas in the direction of Limnion beach …
Since Wednesday noon, two settlements, Makria Punta and Limnionas, have been evacuated, but today, according to the correspondent of “Samos TV” Violeta Tripodi, on the air of the TV channel open, the picture of the fire began to improve. With the first rays of the sun, air assets were thrown into battle to reinforce the ground firefighters.
In total, 78 firefighters, 6 foot departments, 15 fire trucks and 2 helicopters operate on the island. Of these, 28 firefighters are a team that arrived from Attica. Support is provided by the Greek army and local authorities with the help of construction equipment and water carriers, as well as volunteers.
Speaking on the air of the ERT TV channel, the mayor of Western Samos, Alexandros Limberis, noted that the first estimates indicate a fire that started from a power line pole, while eliminating the possibility of human intervention.
According to information, the fire burned the monastery of St. John the Merciful, as well as houses near Paleochori. At the same time, a fire helicopter also crashed, resulting in the tragic death of two of the four crew members, one Greek and one Moldovan. it helicopter Mi-8, whichI was rented by the fire department.
In addition to Samos, firefighters are fighting numerous fires today in Evros, Lesbos, Evia, Preveza and Kefalonia.
In the afternoon, the fire brigade was sent to extinguish the fire that started in the Aristinos-Evros area. According to information provided by the fire service, 91 firefighters, seven foot groups, 23 vehicles are at the scene of the incident, four aircraft and two helicopters are taking part in extinguishing the fire from the air. The fire does not threaten the residential area. However, the mountainous terrain and dense vegetation make it difficult to extinguish the fire. Previously, children’s camps in the area were evacuated as a precaution.
Fire in Kefalonia
The fire broke out in the area of Agios Konstantinos, opposite Argostoli, in Kefalonia. There are 27 firefighters on site with eight vehicles and three aircraft, and municipal water carriers are also helping.
Fire rages in Preveza
The fire that broke out at 4:00 pm between the villages of Agios Thomas and Neohori in Preveza continues. 16 firefighters in 7 vehicles and a group of 6 people on foot are fighting the fire. A fire helicopter, two PZL-type aircraft, as well as municipal water carriers are involved in extinguishing the fire. Fire burns in olive groves and pastures.
Fire in Lesbos partially under control
A fire also broke out in Eresos Lesbos, which has been partially brought under control. 9 firefighters arrived at the scene with a group of foot firefighters, three fire trucks and two aircraft. Volunteer firefighters also provided support.