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Homes damaged as multiple fires break out

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A fire in Episkopi has damaged homes, the fire-service said, as fire-fighters battled flames in many fronts across the island on Saturday afternoon.

The fire service said the roofs of three homes in Episkopi were damaged by the blaze, which still raged late into the afternoon.

Two people had to be treated in hospital — one for smoke inhalation, the other for burns. Their condition was not serious.

Also out of control was a large blaze in Anogyra, Limassol, but there was no threat to any houses.

“The fire (in Episkopi) is out of control,” fire service spokeswoman Lisa Kemidji said.

Police had to shut down the Limassol to Paphos motorway near Episkopi due to smoke from the fire.

Drivers were asked to use the old road – use the Episkopi exit if travelling to Paphos and the Sotira exit if headed to Limassol.

The road was re-opened at around 7.30pm.

A large fire in Choli, Paphos, was put under control late in the afternoon after burning 15 hectares of wild shrub and dry vegetation mostly.

“The strong winds are fanning the flames, making the task of putting out the fires very difficult,” Kemidji said.

Hundreds of fire-fighters battled the flames on the ground, assisted by dozens of vehicles and numerous water-dropping aircraft from various outfits, including the British bases.

Beachgoers watched as helicopters came in to scoop water and return to fight the flames.

Off-duty personnel was also called in to provide assistance.

As the aircraft retired because of the dark, fire-fighters caught a break when winds died down, giving them the opportunity to put the blazes under control.

A blaze in Pareklishia, which burnt out of control for the better part of Saturday afternoon was eventually contained.

The fire did some damage to the exterior of some houses in Pareklishia but no other information was immediately available.

Fire-fighters will remain on the scene as a precaution.

Fires also broke out in Ypsonas and Ayia Fyla.

Two fires also broke out near Pyrgos Tyllirias.

The first one started in the buffer zone at 4.45pm followed by the second one 45 minutes later, authorities said.

Kemidji said the causes of the fires were not known but said they will be investigated with the first light on Sunday.

It is understood that the fires broke out after 2.30pm.

“At the moment all efforts are focusing on putting out the fires,” she said.

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