Death Toll from Deadly Greek Fire Rises to 87



     The death toll from the deadly blaze that ravaged the coastal town of Mati in east Attica on Monday rose to 87 on Friday.

    Chief coroner Nikos Karakoukis announced that he performed 86 post-mortem examinations.

    A little later, it was announced that another victim died in an Athens hospital.

    Forensics experts are moving ahead with the painstaking process of identifying dozens of bodies from Greece’s deadliest wildfire in decades.

    Many of the dead were burned beyond recognition and the identification procedure, relying on DNA samples from relatives, is expected to take a few more days.

    Rescue crews are continuing a house-by-house search of the burnt area while coast guard and volunteer divers scour the sea for any other potential victims.