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September 18, 2019
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Investigators exclude short-circuit scenario in Evia blaze

The Greek fire department’s special arson section (DAEE), which is investigating the causes of the large wildfire that burned the island of Evia last week, have ruled out the possibility of a short-circuit, Kathimerini understands.

Investigators were examining whether the blaze started at the water pumps located near the area where the first flames appeared. The pumps supply surrounding villages and the town of Psahna with fresh water.

Two suspects are being probed by the DAEE in connection with a possible arson scenario. One of the suspects is a 33-year-old local man who was arrested last year in connection to nine arsons.

The blaze, which broke out on August 13, burned for three days, ravaging a total of 2,260 hectares of forestland. Firefighters’ efforts were hampered by strong winds and the fact that part of the blaze was located in an inaccessible ravine.

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