Many of Kayaköy’s residents were woken in the early hours of Thursday when a forest fire swept across one of the hillsides surrounding the valley, lighting up the night sky.

The flames were only finally quenched by a sudden (but expected) downpour on Thursday mid-morning.

It was a dark and windy night…

*The story, as FT heard it from various locals (and read about it in Turkish here and here), started on a dark and windy night.

Reports claim that a couple, who were camping on an area of agricultural land close to the rocky, maquis covered hillside overlooking the sea between Coldwater Bay and Gemiler bay, allegedly built a camp fire.

They thought they had the flames under control but the wind had other ideas.