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Fire at Vasilikos cement works under control (Updated)

Vassiliko Cement - fire

The fire that broke out at 5am at the Vasilikos cement factory, in the Limassol district, was put under control some five hours later, the fire service said on Wednesday.
The fire broke out in a 5000-square metre compressed waste store at the Vasilikos site. The waste was used by the cement factory as alternative fuel source. In the store were about 5,000 tonnes of waste, state broadcaster CyBC said.
To put out the fire, 12 members of the fire brigade were recruited as well as four trucks that pumped water from the sea.
To protect themselves from the thick, black clouds of smoke that covered the area, the fire men wore protective gear, the fire service spokesman Leonidas Leonidou said.
“A ship that was docked near the store was moved. The fire was put under full control at around 10.42am and the exact causes are being investigated,” the fire service said in an announcement.
CyBC reported that the fire is believed to have been caused from combustion of methane produced by the waste.
Chrysanthos Savvides of the labour inspection service said that the fire did not seem to affect dust levels, which remained very low.

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