Greek authorities suspect arson in Athens hotel fire


Greek authorities suspect arson in Athens hotel fire
Paramedics carry a man to an ambulance some minutes after a fire broke up in the Athenaeum Palace hotel in Athens on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. A fire has broken out at a luxury hotel in the Greek capital, with fire crews evacuating the building and using ladders to rescue several people.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece said Friday that arson is suspected in a fire at a luxury hotel in Athens that left three people hospitalized and had the fire department scrambling to evacuate guests and staff.

Both police and fire department investigators suspect the fire the Athenaeum Palace on Thursday was deliberately set, after several containers of flammable liquid were found on the premises. They said the blaze started simultaneously in three places on two separate floors.

Three people remained hospitalized on Friday, including one woman in serious condition.

No arrests have been made so far.

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