Timelapse Footage Shows Spread of Wildfire in Athens Suburb

Dramatic timelapse footage shows the spread on August 3 of a destructive fire that broke out in the north Athens suburb of Varympompi.

Firefighters worked through the night in an attempt to contain the fire, which was still burning in August 4.

At least 520 firefighters were deployed, officials said, with assistance from the Greek Army.

Residents were told to evacuate from multiple areas due to the threat, with the fire continuing to spread on the morning of August 4, according to local reports. Images published by Kathimerini showed a number of businesses, residences and vehicles were destroyed.

Dozens of volunteers have also joined the effort to contain the flames, according to Kathimerini. Local mayor Spyros Vrettos said the destruction was "incalculable”, and that dozens of homes were lost.

This timelapse footage shows the spread of the fire as seen from the National Observatory of Athens. Credit: MeteoGr via Storyful

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