Heartbreaking And Harrowing Stories And Photos From The Greek Fires

Crews found 26 victims huddled together just 30 metres from the sea.

Greece is in mourning following horrific wildfires that burned through coast side towns and resorts outside of Athens.

The sky's was  yellow, a marker of the deadly blaze -- the worst fires the nation had seen in a decade.

As the flames melted cars and licked the walls of buildings, locals tired to escape. Many fled by road, or at least attempted to. The roads were congested with hundreds of people who had the same idea. The fire was blocking their road to safety.

Others sought refuge in the sea. They ran from the blaze, with the heat of the fire at their backs. They were safe there, at least for a little while.

Greece's entire fleet of water-dropping planes and helicopters were deployed to fight the blaze as winds raged at 80 kilometres an hour. Despite this, drones remained in the air to help direct the 600 firefighters on the ground.

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The Aftermath

There are no official figures about how many people were evacuated, but we know 74 people lost their lives.

One of the youngest victims is said to be a six-month-old child who died of smoke inhalation. Emergency crews said they found one group of 26 victims. They were huddled together just 30 metres from the sea when they lost their lives.

These people and their children didn't evacuate in time.

The  fires burned out cars, they melted the rubber and destroyed the windows. The skeletons of the motor vehicles stand in position on the grid-locked roads, once filled with people trying to scramble to safety.

Houses were destroyed. The entire village of Mati, 29 kilometers east of Athens, barely exists anymore. In the aftermath of the fire some people have returned to search through the rubble to retrieve what they can.

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The greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three days of national mourning to remember the 74 souls lost in the fire. This number tops the 70 lives lost in the 2007 fires that occurred in the southern Peloponnese region.

There 187 people including 23 children  injured and 11 people are in intensive care in hospital. The number of missing persons is unknown.