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Reports from Macedonia say two foresters died and one was critically injured on July 24 while trying to put out a forest fire.

The MINA news agency reports that four other people -- including a teenage boy -- were hospitalized after strong winds fanned the flames of the forest fire near Strumica, about 100 kilometers southeast of Skopje.

About 50 acres of pine forest was burned before the fire eventually was extinguished by rain.

Belgrade's TV B92 quotes Agriculture Minister Ivo Kotevski as saying arson is suspected.

MINA reported that the fire appeared to have been started as a result of "carelessness."

Based on reporting by dpa, MINA, and TV B92

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