Greek forest fire death toll climbs to 96

Athens, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Greek authorities say the death toll from last month’s devastating forest fire near Athens has climbed to 96 after a 68-year old man died of his injuries in a hospital.

The fire service said in a statement late Tuesday that a total 13 people have succumbed to burns in hospital following the July 23 blaze at the seaside resort of Mati.

A judicial investigation is underway into the causes of the blaze and into whether authorities responded competently to the blaze, which was Greece’s deadliest in decades.

 

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