Young Man Charged With Starting Fires in Attica

Greek authorities say a 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with starting 16 fires over the past five months.

A Fire Service announcement says the man is accused of deliberately setting fire to forests, farmland and empty plots in areas east and northeast of the capital Athens from March 14 to August 1 of this year.

As many as 49 wildfires have been reported during last week all over Greece, with the one in Kythira island being the most devastating.

The most major fire in the suburbs of Attica in early August broke out in the Lagonissi resort, a few kilometres outside the capital, Athens.

The suspected is scheduled to appear before a misdemeanor court magistrate on Sunday.