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Busy 24 hours for fire services

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The fire services said on Sunday they had answered 24 calls for help, 18 of which involved various fires, over the previous 24 hours, including suicide threats at the British bases by three immigrants, and a fire at the mosque in Denia, outside Nicosia.

At around 4pm on Saturday the services said their Oroklini station had responded to a call after three refugees climbed onto the tower of the Dhekelia fire station on the British bases and threatened to jump. After several hours of negotiations, they said, two of the immigrants agreed to come down at around 7.30pm. The third had to be rescued due to having a problem with his leg.

In Denia, around the same time, the Lakatamia station responded to a call that the mosque was in fire. The blaze was brought under control almost an hour later. It had damaged the wooden roof of the empty structure. The causes of fire is being investigated.

In Avgorou in the Famagusta area, fire services rescued an 19-year-old conscript who had become trapped in his car after hitting a tree. Firemen took the injured teen from the car and handed him over to ambulance staff.

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