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Arson Seen in Food Factory Fire, Company Gave Students Tainted Meals

ATHENS – Investigators looking into a fire at a factory containing a catering company that delivered tainted meals to elementary school students, sickening them, are said to have found evidence it may have been set to cover up evidence.

The probe reportedly is focused on alleged insurance fraud and trying to destroy proof the meals were contaminated and how that happened at the Giannitsis Logistics plant in the central city of Lamia.

Fire Service arson investigators have reportedly found that the firm’s management had contacted their insurance brokers just a few days earlier asking for a higher payout in the event of a fire, said Kathimerini, an apparent clue.

Investigators have also reportedly found evidence to indicate that the fire spread much too quickly for it to have been accidental and was probably fueled by an accelerant and one of three security cameras was potentially suspect, the report said.

The fire happened as the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) was going to investigate the cause of the tainted meals that caused food poisoning for dozens of elementary school students in the area where the company had contracts.

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