Cyprus Mail

Large fire in Limassol put under control

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A large fire that broke out on Tuesday afternoon in the Ayios Amvrosios area near Limassol has been put under control, the fire service said.

Spokesman Nicos Longinos told the Cyprus Mail that he expected the fire to be put out during the day.

The blaze was brought under partial control at around 9pm last night, but it flared up again overnight in the area between Ayios Amvrosios and Pahna.

At some point it had threatened residential areas but it was held back by the ground forces operating in the area.

Efforts were hampered by the dust cloud hanging over the island which prevented the use of fire-fighting aircraft on Tuesday.

So far, the blaze, which broke out at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, burned 3.5 square kilometres of dry grass, wild vegetation, and trees.

By late afternoon, fire engines, vehicles from the forestry department, the civil defence, district administration and the game fund were battling the fire.

Water-dropping helicopters were deployed first thing on Wednesday as the dust subsided.

There are currently 35 fire vehicles in the area, as well as 60 members of the fire service and the forestry department.



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