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Residents flee as wildfire rages in southern Greece

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 5:24am
Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) - A wildfire raged unabated near the Greek commercial hub of Patras on Wednesday, threatening homes and prompting the evacuation of a small village and a university, officials said.

More than 120 firefighters with dozens of fire engines, eight aircraft and two helicopters battled the flames fanned by gale force winds in the southern Peloponnese region.

Hundreds of residents fled their homes and police said a state of emergency had been declared in five small villages. The fire brigade said it would reinforce the teams on the ground.

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