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Games chief’s incendiary do

A lavish party thrown by Athens 2004 Organizing Committee chief Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki at her house in a leafy suburb went badly wrong on Saturday night when a fireworks display set fire to a nearby copse. Twenty-five fire engines and a force of 75 firemen had to intervene to extinguish the blaze in the Attiko Alsos, near the house on Dryadon Street, Filothei, shared by Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and her husband Theodoros, one of Greece’s leading businessmen. Fire brigade officials said the fire, which broke out around 11 p.m., had started at many points simultaneously, and was apparently caused by fireworks. It was unclear how much damage was caused to the copse. Party guests included a bevy of senior international and Greek sports and government officials in Athens for the Olympics. Filothei Mayor Theofrastos Economidis accused the Athens 2004 chief of endangering the copse with a «Roman-style fiesta.»