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Burnt areas of forest, burned houses and cars revealed the first light of day for the fire that has been burning since yesterday at noon in Egialia in Achaia.

According to the first estimates of the local authorities, about 20 houses were destroyed while 16 people were transported to the hospital, mainly with respiratory problems, without any concern for their condition.

In particular, 15 cases with respiratory problems were treated at the Hospital of Aigio. The seven remained hospitalized for precautionary reasons (six citizens and one Coast Guard) whose condition does not inspire any concern, while the rest left.
A burn victim from the area of ​​Ziria was admitted to the General Hospital of Patras, who underwent successful plastic surgery and is being treated without endangering his health.

Ground firefighters battled the fire overnight, while early in the morning two firefighting aircraft and four helicopters began firing continuously.

According to the Fire Department, there are 294 firefighters operating in the area with 77 vehicles and seven pedestrian units, as well as the motorized special department of firefighting operations.

Also, the work of the fire brigade is assisted by volunteer firefighters, water tankers and local construction machinery.

According to the police, the traffic of vehicles from the area of ​​Lampiri to Ano Ziria has been stopped.

The damage caused by the fire is very great, the mayor of Egialia Dimitris Kalogeropoulos told APE - MPE, according to which, as he said, "houses have burned and many crops have been damaged".

As for the fire, according to the information it receives, "it has been limited to the residential tissues, but it has taken a path towards non-residential tissues".

Yesterday, 112 had to be activated to warn those citizens in the wider area to evacuate their settlements of Ziria, Kamares, Lampiri and the wider area of ​​Loggos.

The Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection Nikos Hardalias was also at the front of the fire yesterday afternoon, while in his statements M. Chrysochoidis stressed that the fire is extremely difficult to control, as it started from a forest area, but quickly entered the residential area.

As of yesterday, a team from the Directorate for Combating Arson Crimes (DAEE) went, by order of the Chief of the Fire Brigade, Lieutenant General Stefanos Kolokouris, to Egialia, Achaia, in order to investigate the causes of the fire that broke out in the area today.

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