Firefighters contain two blazes amid probes into suspected arson attacks


Forest fires that broke out on Sunday in the area of Nea Karvali, near the northern city of Kavala, and near the seaside resort of Parga in northwestern Greece had been brought under partial control by Monday, according to fire service officials.

Meanwhile police were questioning a 47-year-old man who was arrested on Sunday in connection with a blaze that broke out on Saturday on forestland in the area of Nea Sklavaina in Aetoloacarnania in the Peloponnese. The suspect was to face a prosecutor on the island of Lefkada on Monday on arson charges.

An investigation continued on Monday into the causes of a large forest fire that broke out on Saturday night at the foot of Mount Parnitha, north of Athens, razing a chunk of dense forestland. The fire service managed to contain the blaze before it could spread to nearby houses and monasteries.

Fire service officials believe the Mount Parnitha blaze was likely the result of arson as it began at around 11 p.m. on a windy night.