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Tragedy in Katerini: Three die when fire breaks out in home and spreads in multi-store building

A fire in a five-store building in Katerini, West Macedonia, left behind three people dead. Two elder brothers and the daughter of one. Fire brigades evacuated eight more people.

The fire broke out in the apartment of the first floor around 5 o’ clock on Sunday morning and spread quickly.

Firefighters called in by neighbors found a charcoaled body in the first floor and two bodies in the apartment of the second floor.

Dead are a 78-year-old man, his brother 81 and his daughter, 43.

According to preliminary reports, the 81-year-old man and his daughter most probably died after inhaling the toxic fire fumes.

Most of the building residents were in their balconies seeking for help.

The Fire Brigades evacuated the eight residents of the buildings. among them a baby.

One woman was transferred to hospital due to respiratory problems and so did the deputy director of Pierias Fire Service who in addition had suffered a fracture trauma in the rips.

Authorities investigate the causes of the fire.

Rumors that the fire was caused by a gas stove need still to be confirmed or dismissed. In times of economic crisis, many Greeks use alternative means to heat their homes, often with fatal results.

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