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More arrests for arson in Greece

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Greek fire department officials arrested two more men today, Saturday, for allegedly starting wildfires deliberately, at the same time that hundreds of firefighters are battling with the fire blazes that took the life of 21 people.
 
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A 48-year-old man was arrested on Evia for allegedly deliberately setting fire to dried grass in the island's Karystos area. The fire department said the man confessed to having set four other fires in the area in July and August.
 
A second man was arrested in the Larissa area in central Greece, also for allegedly deliberately setting fire to dried vegetation. Judicial authorities were informed in both cases.
 
Meanwhile, authorities in Psachna, Evia, have arrested, yesterday, Friday, an 18-year-old man on suspicion of two counts of arson. The young man, who has an intellectual disability, is alleged to have placed tires under an electricity pylon and set them on fire. His mother has also been arrested, although she is the one who reported him.
 
On Kefalonia, a 42-year-old volunteer firefighter who confessed to six counts of arson in forested areas on the island has been placed under house arrest.
 
And in Avlonas, Attica, a 45-year-old man has been charged with arson after appearing before a prosecutor. His lawyer said his client, who has been diagnosed with serious psychiatric problems and had stopped his treatment 15 days ago, denies the actions attributed to him.
 
Officials have said arson has been to blame for several fires in Greece over the past week, although it is still unclear what sparked the country's largest blazes – including one in the northeastern region of Evros and Alexandroupolis where nearly all the fire-attributed deaths have occurred, and another on the fringes of Athens.
 
According to Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias, "arsonists are setting fires, endangering forests, property and above all human lives.
 
You are committing a crime against the country," he said. "We will find you. You will be held accountable to justice."
 
Later today, police arrested also a 45-year-old man on suspicion of arson for allegedly setting at least three fires in the Avlona area. A search of his home revealed kindling, a fire torch gun and pine needles, police said.