The death toll of the bush-fire tragedy in Mati and Rafini, Greece, is still not clear but it is safe to assume it will be well over one 100 people with both locals and tourists having suffered in these unbelievable fierce fires.
Patrick Rollet, on behalf of the General Committee, wrote to our friends in Greece extending our heartfelt sadness and deepest sympathy over these horrific recent events in Mati and Rafani that the Greek people have so bravely endured. We would like to extend FIVA’s moral support and that of the whole historic vehicle community at large, to recover from this ordeal and overcome these most difficult times.
We have received thanks from the different Greek members for the above including some pictures of the recent events. Although not comparable to the loss of lives, shattered communities and the long time it will take to rebuild the region, we still share these as a sign of warning. If confronted by such fires, be wise and do not try to save your vehicles, as you can see in one of the pictures, even the aluminum of a cylinder head is partly melted, indicating the extremely high temperatures in such fires.
Once again, all the best to the people in these regions and our friends in Greece!