Tuesday, August 4, 1998 Published at 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK
Fire engulfs Greek village
Flames close in on a house in woodland north of Athens
Firefighters in Greece are struggling to hold back a fierce forest fire near Athens.
The blaze, which started on Sunday, engulfed the village of Anthoussa, 15 miles north east of the capital on Tuesday, destroying about 20 homes.
Nobody has been injured but the number of families left homeless is rising.
"It's a total disaster. My home is ruined, my office is ruined, everything is gone," said one resident.
Flames have swept across thousands of acres of pinewood and 600 firefighters have been called.
The blaze started in the middle of a forest at night and some officials have blamed arsonists.
On Monday night a state of emergency was called in Athens' northern suburbs after a cloud of smoke drifted across the city.
Some electricity supplies were cut off as a precaution.
It is the latest serious forest fire in Greece this summer. Last month three firefighters and a volunteer were killed.