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Charred body found in Laconia

The charred remains of an unidentified person were found in the prefecture of Laconia in the southeastern Peloponnese on Thursday after a fire in scrubland was brought under control, Skai reported.

Firefighters discovered the body on a tract of farmland in the village of Makrynara, after battling one of several blazes that broke out on Thursday across the country, stoked by high temperatures and strong winds.

Other fires that tested the country’s firefighting units were reported on the islands of Crete and Chios, as well as in the prefecture of Ilia, which is also in the Peloponnese.

A blaze that started on arable forestland near Kato Sachtouria in Rethymno, Crete, as well as another on the eastern Aegean island of Chios, were both under partial control by Thursday afternoon.

The fire on Crete destroyed tens of hectares of olice groves and grazing land.

A third fire, in Vouprasia Lechenon in Ilia, was still burning in the early evening, while there were reports of a new blaze in the afternoon in Volikes on the Ionian island of Zakynthos.