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Greece: Santorini island in darkness after power station blaze

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By Euronews
Greece: Santorini island in darkness after power station blaze

<p>Santorini, one of Greece’s most popular tourist destinations, was left without lights on Tuesday when a power station blaze cut off electricity to the entire island.</p> <p>Known for its sunsets, and dotted with whitewashed buildings clinging to its steep slopes, the crescent-shaped volcanic island drew 1.6 million tourists last year. Some 150 cruise ships dock in its port each month in summer. </p> <p>Power is due to be restored to Santorini by Wednesday night, local authorities said.</p> <p>Mayor Nikos Zorzos said on Wednesday morning that power was being gradually restored to the island.</p> <p>A fire that broke out at a power station left the southern Aegean island without electricity for several hours.</p> <p>The fire started at a power station in Monolithos, some 9 kilometers southeast of Fira, at around noon and was doused before it could cause major damage or injuries.</p> <p>A navy vessel and a passenger ferry were dispatched to carry two power generators to the island for use until the power station is fully operational.</p> <p><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></p>