Greece fires LATEST: Death toll hits 81 with an Irish tourist among the victims

26 липня 2018 року

    The latest known victims include an 84-year-old man, who was being treated in hospital for injuries and an elderly woman who was found in the scorched remains of a house in Maiti.

    The Mayor of Marathon, Ilias Psinakis, said there was no doubt the number of victims would rise.

    Speaking on the Greek television network, ANT1, Mr Psinakis said: “Unfortunately, the number is increasing.

    “I think they found another five today – 40 people [in all] were missing by 5 o’clock this morning when I left the town hall.” 

The country’s residents have expressed their anger towards the authorities response to the fire (Image: AFP/GETTY)

    He added: “Of the 1,900 houses in Mati and the 1,100 in Neo Voutzas, two-thirds must have burned.

    “They are houses that are no longer inhabitable.”

    A newly married Irishman has been confirmed among the dead.

    Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp, was on honeymoon with his wife Zoe Holohan and was separated when trying to escape the blaze in the seaside resort of Mati.

    The two families said in a statement that they were “deeply saddened” by the news.

    Ireland’s Ambassador to Greece, Orla O'Hanrahan, confirmed the death of Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp during an interview with RTE, Ireland’s national public service broadcaster.

    Ms O'Hanrahan said: “Our sympathies and hearts go out to his family at this time.”

    Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, confirmed one Irish citizen had been hospitalised with burns and said his department was providing consular assistance to the person’s family.



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