The fire in the village of Mati, about 29 kilometers east of Athens, is considered the worst fire in Greece since Agutustus 2007. At that time the fires raging on the Peloponnese peninsula killed more than 10 people.
The fire yesterday was one of several similar events that occurred in Greece in the midst of a hot storm.
“Dead even no longer as a place to live,” said a woman told Skai TV as quoted by Antara, Tuesday (24/07/2018).
“I saw bodies, cars burned and I was lucky to be alive.”
Mati is located in the popular Rafina area as it is visited by many local tourists, especially retirees and children camping during the holidays.
Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in a televised statement early Tuesday that the death toll had reached 20 while more than 88 adults and 16 children were injured.
One of the youngest victims was allegedly a six-month-old baby who died from inhaling smoke.
Reuters reported that an eyewitness saw four people die in a narrow street as many cars moved to the nearest beach. Dozens of people ran into the sea as fire approached to shore, and they were ridden to passing boats.