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Man arrested for starting deadly Aghioi Theodoroi fire when burning brush

TAGS: Fires

Arson investigators on Monday arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly starting a fire in the seaside town of Aghioi Theodoroi, between Athens and Corinth, in which one person was killed and two injured.

According to initial reports, the 28-year-old is a famer who had been burning dead brush near a greenhouse when he lost control of the fire at around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze as strong winds pushed it toward the residential part of the area, later discovering a scorched body in a ravine. The victim had not been identified by Monday.

Meanwhile, two elderly residents were being treated for burns sustained in the blaze, while a third, a woman aged 79, was reported missing on Sunday evening.

The 28-year-old is due to face a prosecutor later in the day.

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