A 35-year-old man, a former volunteer firefighter, was arrested by police on Thassos and confessed to setting fires in four forest expanses on the island in an act of vengeance against the local municipality for not hiring him this year as a seasonal worker.
The man, in statements to the police, cited psychological problems and said he lit the fires earlier in the week for revenge against the municipality of Thassos for not hiring him as seasonal personnel.

The four blazes were spotted early by local firefighters who managed to quickly extinguish them despite strong winds.

Firefighters said the man used the same method in all four fires, first throwing dung in the forests and then setting fire.

The detainee had been a volunteer firefighter in the past.