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Greek Man Whose House Burned in the Penteli Fire Commits Suicide

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The fire at Penteli north of Athens rages for a second day.

A Greek man committed suicide on Tuesday evening when he realized that his home on Mt. Penteli, north of Athens, had been destroyed by the fire.

Reports say that the 84-year-old man was evacuated earlier by the fire service, as his house was under threat in the area between the towns of Pallini and Anthousa.

When he returned and realized that his house was destroyed by the blaze, he shot himself.

The third time house was burned by fire at Penteli

Police discovered his body early on Wednesday morning.

Reports say that this is the third time his house has been damaged, as it was also damaged by fires of previous years at Penteli.

Today, Wednesday, is the second day hundreds of firefighters battled the fire, which broke out on the slopes of Penteli. Residents of the towns of Anthousa and Drafi were told to evacuate, as the flames approached residential areas.

The fire department announced that 485 firefighters were being assisted by 28 ground teams and several volunteers, as well as by 120 fire engines, three water-dropping planes, and five helicopters, all of which are battling numerous blazes in Pallini, Anthousa, Penteli, Drafi, and certain areas of Geraka.

The blazes are fueled by strong winds, which have made it increasingly difficult to get them under control.

No injures have been reported, but at least ten houses have been burned in Drafi and three in Penteli, according to local officials.

This is a developing story.

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