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Power grid ADMIE does not rule out electricity cuts due to fire in NW Athens

Greece’s power grid ADMIE (IPTO) warned on Thursday evening of the possibility of rolling cuts in electricity supply depending of the evolution of the forest fire in Kryoneri and Drosogpigi in North-West Athens.

The fire has put out of operation two circuits that supply the High Voltage Center of Agios Stefanos, which is one of the most important electricity infrastructure in Attica, the ADMIE said in a statement.

According to the Administrator, the severity of the impact on the System depends directly on the direction that the fire will take in the immediate future.

It is also noted that in cooperation with DEDHE “a preventive defense plan” of the Transmission System has been prepared, which includes targeted rolling cuts of electricity supply for which an early announcement will be issued.

Extraordinary measures will be taken as a precaution and cuts will take place only if deemed absolutely necessary for the protection of the operation and infrastructure of the System and the smoothest possible power supply of consumers, reported state news agency amna.

Meanwhile the blaze in NW Athens is completely out of control and an “inferno” night is expecting the residents of the northern suburbs as the aerial means do not operate after sunset and will be up to fire fighters on the ground only to try to combat it.

Some 2,500 people from Drosopigi, Kryoneri, Ippokratio Politeia and Afidnes have been evacuated.

Two people were slightly injured as they refused to evacuate and insisted in trying to save their houses with water hoses.

Several houses are on fire.

The flames are nearing the too of Afidnes and crossed over the national highway Athens-Lamia with a small part to have been closed to traffic. According to latest reports, a fuel station near the highway has gone alight.


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