Fast-moving wildfires near Athens have killed 74 people, authorities said on Tuesday. Raging flames destroyed houses, hollowed out cars and left behind smoldering debris as the fires tore through the towns of Rafina, Kineta and Mati near the Greek capital.
More than 170 people were injured in the wildfires and treated at local hospitals. Rescue workers said 26 of the dead were found huddled together holding each other in groups of three or four in a compound located northeast of Athens. Several tourists and residents attempted to escape the fires by heading toward the sea, with some swimming away in the rough waters. Authorities said more than 700 people were evacuated by boat from the beaches.
One image of the inferno shows people watching as the flames spread through a community. Another shows firefighters transporting a body in Mati. Another captures heavy smoke hanging over the Parthenon temple at the Acropolis in Athens.
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