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Monkspath family's holiday hell due to fire on Island of RhodesHotel threat as fires rage

RAGING forest fires on the Greek island of Rhodes threatened to ruin a Monkspath family's last holiday together.

RAGING forest fires on the Greek island of Rhodes threatened to ruin a Monkspath family's last holiday together.

Over 2000 tourists were evacuated from hotels in the sun-soaked destination as smoke drifted into the resort.

Married couple Christine and Keith Hargreaves and their children jetted off from Solihull for their last family holiday before 19-year-old James, and 18-year-old Kellie settled into university life.

But, on Friday July 25, just two days into their holiday, they were whisked away from the Miraluna Hotel in Kiotari and taken to a coastal beach away from the fire which was just 1/2km away.

After spending the day there they were taken to another hotel and eventually returned 24 hours later to their original spot.

"We knew there was a fire, but we became quite worried when we were evacuated." said Kellie.

"All of a sudden we were taken away because of the threatening smoke and told to pack a few belongings."

When on the beach the tourists witnessed helicopters scooping water out the sea to help put out the fierce fires.

"Although we was rather worried, it was quite brilliant to watch.

"I suppose we were lucky that the flames didn't reach us," added Kellie.

The fires lasted for nearly a week and ruined thousands of acres of dense pine forest and came within a few yards of village homes in the centre of the island.

Greek locals were apparently 'stunned' when the fires broke out as they feared they would escalate and cause similar damage to that of last year when over 70 people were killed.

 

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