Fri, 24 Sep 2021

ISTANBUL, July 29 (Xinhua) -- At least one person was killed, and ten people were trapped in a forest fire that erupted in Turkey's Mediterranean province of Antalya, officials announced on Thursday.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said an 82-year-old man died in his burning home in the Kepezbeleni neighborhood of the Akseki district.

According to press reports, 80 percent of the houses in Kepezbeleni were engulfed in flames and burned in the blaze.

Meanwhile, the minister added that ten people, who were believed to be restaurant owners and employees, have been trapped in the Oymapinar Dam area.

"They do not have a life-threatening condition," Pakdemirli also pointed out.

The massive forest fire began at four different points in the Manavgat district on Wednesday but later expanded to other areas by strong winds, forcing the evacuation of 18 neighborhoods.

Over 60 people have been reportedly affected by the fire.

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