Chios Wild Fire: Village evacuated, at least 6 injured, one seriously

 Chios Wild Fire: Village evacuated, at least 6 injured, one seriously

26 August 2016

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Creece — One woman was seriously and six other people were slightly injured when a wild fire reached the village of Sidirountas on the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea.

The flames reached the outskirts of village at 3:30 am, a little later the yards of the houses. An hour later, the traditional settlement was surrendered to the flames.

When police ordered the evacuation of the village, for short time panic broke out as dozens of cars were trapped around the village square and elderly were desperately trying to get on the cars of the municipality and other public institutions.

Seven people were injured. Four had their injuries treated in the hospital and were later released. Two women remain hospitalized. A 67-year-old woman has suffered burns at 70% of her body, another one at 20%. Both are expected to be transferred with a special ambulance flight to Athens hospitals. The women were reportedly were trapped inside their burning homes before they were rescued.

According to preliminary reports, one house and one farm house were damaged from the fire, one vehicle was totally burned.

Efforts to extinguish the fire continue with the aid of two Kamov helicopters, one Shinook and two Canadair.

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