The management of a hotel in Thessaloniki was forced to evacuate 227 guests from the premises in the early hours on Thursday after a fire broke out in a room on the fourth floor. It remained unclear what prompted the fire, which destroyed the room but was contained before it could spread further. Around 20 guests of the Vergina Hotel, which is situated close to the northern port’s main railway station, took refuge on the roof of the building to escape the thick smoke.
They were rescued by ladder by the local fire service. No harm came to the guests or the 27 hotel staff, according to local reports.