Sofia and Vasiliki Philipopoulou, nine-year-old twins on holiday with their grandparents,
were thought to have been rescued from the Greek wildfire by fishermen but have
not been seen since
Greece is expected to confirm today that a wildfire that tore through a seaside resort near Athens was the deadliest in postwar Europe as the death toll rose
to 81 and about 100 people remained unaccounted for.
The fire service said that the death toll was likely to rise as officers searched more of the 2,500 burnt-out houses and hopes faded that the coastguard would find any more survivors who had fled into the sea. Europe’s worst forest fire,
the Landes blaze in southwest France in 1949, killed 82 people.