NewsForest fire rages near popular Turkish resort

Forest fire rages near popular Turkish resort


Ankara, Turkey: Turkish rescue workers on Wednesday evacuated hundreds of people from their homes as a forest fire raged near a Mediterranean Sea resort popular with Russian tourists.

Footage on social media and Turkish TV showed rescuers dumping fire retardants from helicopters on burning buildings and fields in and around the coastal town of Manavgat.

Image courtesy of Oğuz Kaya via Twitter

“It’s an unbelievably bad sight,” Manavgat mayor Sukru Sozen told CNN Turk.

Local officials said four districts of the town had been evacuated and the fire was partially under control.

Image courtesy of Oğuz Kaya via Twitter

It was not immediately clear how many people had been affected but NTV television said 20 buildings housing around 500 people had burned down in one part of the town.

The Anadolu state news agency denied initial reports that a local hospital had been evacuated as a precaution.

Thick plumes of black smoke shot up into the sky some 75 kilometers (45 miles) east of the Turkish resort city of Antalya.

The coastal region around Antalya is a popular summer resort destination for European tourists — especially those from Russia and parts of eastern Europe.

Antalya mayor Muhittin Bocek said the fire posed no risk to the resort.

“Thankfully, we have had no losses of life,” Bocek told NTV television. Flames appeared to have erupted at four locations at once, he added.

Image courtesy of Oğuz Kaya via Twitter

“This suggests an arson attack, but we do not have clear information about that at this stage.”

Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli confirmed that fires had started in four locations but said it was premature to say what had caused the blaze.

Winds of up to 50 kilometers an hour (30 mph) were fanning the flames, he added.

“Our job now is to fight the fire,” the minister said in televised remarks. “There will be an investigation and the causes will be determined later.”

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