Red Eye Chicago
‘It’s hell everywhere’
Massive fires consuming large areas of ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece southern Greece for a third day raced toward the site of the ancient Olympics on Sunday, engulfing villages and forests as the flames reached one of the most revered sites of antiquity.
At least 57 people have been killed in the country’s worst wildfires in decades, including five who died Sunday in a new blaze on the island of Evia and a woman whose body was found in a village near Ancient Olympia. There were fears the death toll could rise as new fires broke out and strong winds pushed flames through the village.
“It’s hell everywhere,” said local resident Costas Ladas, who said the fire covered more than a mile in three minutes.
By sea and by land, authorities evacuated hundreds of people trapped by flames. A large front of fire was at the edge of the village of Ancient Olympia, which stands near the 2,800-year-old site itself.
The fire department said some trees at the sprawling site had burned, but that the museum was safe. The ancient stadium and other monuments were so far unaffected.