A fire that broke out on Thursday morning at the traditional cultural centre and restaurant ‘Ktima Demetriou in Anglisides in Larnaca caused more than €1m in damage, the fire services said.
The blaze caused extensive damage to a house, the restaurant, the dining hall and cellars of the centre.
Members of the fire and electromechanical services determined that the cause of the fire was a problem with the materials which were used to construct the fireplace in the tavern, according to a spokesman for the fire service, Leonidas Leonidou.
To extinguish the blaze, three fire engines from the station of Kofinou, tubes and respirators were used. The fire was put out by 8am.
“Because of the flammable materials of which the premises were made, which was a prefabricated construction with a metal frame and wooden beams, the fire spread very quickly. It started from the tavern and spread to the surrounding 300 square metres of the premises with its houses, restaurants, a dining hall and warehouses,” Leonidou said.
“The fire brigade received the call about the fire from a monk who saw it from a distance. By the time the fire broke out at around 4.39am there were no people in the area and the owners had closed the tavern at midnight. When they left they closed the hatch on the fireplace leaving the last timbers burning.”
“However,” he concluded, “the base of the fireplace was faulty and the fire started from there.”
Another fire destroyed one prefabricated house and caused extensive damage to a second on Wednesday night in Lemba near Paphos.
Tables, chairs, bookcases, desks, kitchenware, wooden benches and stationery worth around €5,000 were also destroyed in the blaze which broke out at 11.23pm. Seven minutes later two fire trucks arrived and the fire was quickly extinguished.
The houses belonged to the youth organisation ‘Crosseagles’ and had been locked up from December 15.
Police and the fire services are investigating the potential causes, including the possibility of arson.