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Firefighters were struggling to contain a fire that broke out on Istanbul's Heybeliada today, daily Hürriyet reported.

The fire was burning out of control but the flames did not pose a threat to the Halki Seminary, the mayor of Istanbul's Adalar district has told the broadcaster NTV. 
 
The flames were reportedly spreading quickly due to strong winds, which also hampered firefighting efforts.
 
The fire reportedly started in a forested area on the island.

The Halki Seminary has been hit hard by the political turmoil between Turkey and Greece. In 1971, Turkey decided to bring all private institutions of higher education under state control. The Fener Greek Patriarchate opposed the decision, in consequence of which the seminary was shut down. 

June/17/2012

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DutchTurk JANICAR

6/17/2012 8:26:50 PM

@S.Tinaz, this is a popular weekend destination of people from Istanbul, so lots of picnicking, so i guess that would be it, a clumsy kebabman probably :D, btw it is already extinguished, 17:45 local time. With 4 amphibious firefighting planes. All credit goes to the Cevre ve Orman Bakanligi for an adequate response.

Ex Patriot

6/17/2012 6:52:17 PM

Hurray ! More space for the politicians and the rich to build more new villas instead of replanting trees !

S. Tinaz

6/17/2012 3:49:24 PM

Offfffffffff! I wish they can find out what starts these forest fires in the middle of the islands.
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