Bones of a person found in debris in fire-hit Turkey

Teams had started search efforts when two citizens, Ali Deniz and Osman Kahya, were reported to be missing in Karatas village.

Bones of a person found in debris in fire-hit Turkey

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said on Saturday that bones of a person were found in the debris of a house in a fire-hit region in southern province of Antalya.

Eroglu told reporters that the identity of the person would be revealed after a DNA test.

Teams had started search efforts when two citizens, Ali Deniz and Osman Kahya, were reported to be missing in Karatas village.

Eroglu said that eight helicopters, seven planes, 160 pumpers, nine bulldozers, 160 engineers and 1,300 forest workers were trying to extinguish the fire.

Eroglu said, "wind will probably slow down after 3:00 p.m. If weather condition is appropriate, we will be able to control the fire by the evening."

The fire had started in Manavgat and Serik towns of Antalya on Thursday.

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu arrived in southern province of Antalya to examine the fire-hit region.

Antalya deputy Governor Hasan Ozhan and Forestry Director General Osman Kahveci briefed the minister about fire extinguishing efforts. 

He said that fire started to threaten Sagirin region as well as Cardak village and Tasagil hamlet.

"You cannot image the risk we have lived in the last one hour. We evacuated hundreds of people from villages with bulldozers. We had a big danger. Our teams were trapped in between fires. Currently, there is no danger for Aspendos (ancient city). Fire is spreading towards Manavgat," said Kurtulmuslu.

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