On the evening of Monday, 23 July, the Eastern Attica wildfire had begun to spread. On orders from the General Secretariat of Civil Protection, an evacuation of the settlement of Agios Andreas and the military’s KAAY facility began.
It is a paradise, an oasis of green for the military men, who started leaving to escape the fire that had already begun to threaten the entire area.
The evacuation is carried out. Yet, there is a “black hole” in the entire affair, a big question that remains unanswered.
Specifically, both the military camp and the Army Centres at Agios Andreas have automatic fire safety systems, which never operated.
The wildfire passed through the area, causing reparable damage to 22 buildings, damage to the roofs of 60 buildings, and completely destroying 10 buildings. Also, ovens and other facilities were destroyed.
The Army General Staff announced that scheduled vacations for military men and their families at the KAAY facility, between 26 July and 7 August, would not be held due to reconstruction work to repair the damages caused by the 23 July wildfire.
However, an administrative investigation with sworn testimony should be ordered, in order to determine why the fire protection system was not operating, and who is responsible for that.