Arsonists were behind a blaze that gutted the offices of the travel agency Aeroservices AEE, on the second floor of a five-storey building in the Athens suburb of Halandri. The fire was set on Sunday morning by the culprits, who broke through the ground-floor entrance of the office block and then into the trave agency itself.

They used a incendiary device and the flames spread throughout the premises, damaging office furniture, office supplies and other equipment.

The fire was finally put out by 14 fire-fighters using six fire-engines. Fire brigade experts then searched the scene and found the remains of gas canisters and other items used to make the incendiary device. An inquiry into the arsonist attack is being carried out by the police.