On Tuesday, a wildfire continued to rage unchecked in the woodlands northwest of Athens, displacing more people and compelling Greece’s prime minister to return home immediately from a summit in Brussels.

According to officials, the fire front covered more than 8 km (5 miles).

Christos Stathis, mayor of the municipality of Mandra, said to Open TV, “We are living a nightmare. Homes and other buildings are on fire.

An explosion was heard, and a Reuters witness saw a plume of white smoke rise above Mandra. In 2017, flash floods impacted Mandra.