Fires in Greece: 13 arrests after fireworks sparked fire on island

Fires in Greece: 13 arrests after fireworks sparked fire on island
Fires in Greece: 13 arrests after fireworks sparked fire on island

Thirteen people accused of starting a forest fire on the Greek tourist island of Hydra were arrested on Saturday and must be presented to the prosecutor on Sunday, firefighters said.

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“The fire, caused by fireworks from a boat, burns the only pine forest on the island, in a place that is difficult to access and has no road,” the seasonal firefighters of the island denounced on Saturday. island on Facebook, supporting photo, arousing anger on social networks.

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The fire was quickly brought under control and no longer threatens the Hydra forest.

The island’s mayor, Giorgos Koukoudakis, said he was “outraged that some people are throwing fireworks in such an irresponsible way in a pine forest” on public television channel ERT.

He added that “the municipality would file a civil suit against those responsible for the fire as soon as the preliminary investigation was completed.”

Greece recently toughened penalties for arson. The perpetrators of the fires can now be sentenced to up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to 200,000 euros.

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