Turkey Inferno Blazes Approaching Coal Power Plant Worry Officials

Smoke has been rising around a turkish power station after fires reached into the coal-fired power plant the night before.

Environmentalists are concerned about the impact if the fire spread to the plant's coal storage unit.

Tanks with flammable materials at the plant have been emptied as a precaution, and ditches have been dug as firebreaks.

Fanned by high temperatures and a strong, dry wind, the fires have forced thousands of turks and foreign tourists to flee homes and hotels near the aegean and mediterranean coasts.

Eight people have died in the blazes since last week.