Cyprus Mail

Busy weekend for fire services

Two homes went up in flames over Easter when people decided to bring the holy flame from church into their houses and leave it lit overnight.

In all, between 6am on April 30 and 6am on May 1 fire services responded to 108 calls for help, 102 of which were connected to Easter bonfires.

In Pyrgos, Limassol a fire caused some €5,000 worth of damage when a lit candle was left in a cup and placed in a plastic sink.

By 7:35am, the fire services received a call and three fire trucks were deployed to bring the flames under control.

The candle had set fire to the sink and spread to the wooden counter tops.

A similar situation unfolded in Peyia when another person left their candle on in the sink after church. They called the fire services at around 4:30am for help when again the blaze spread to the wooden counter tops.

By the time the fire truck arrived, the owner had managed to extinguish the fire however he was now left with damage in his home amounting to some €500.

Meanwhile, polices’ efforts to clampdown to the Easter bonfire traditions had them capture 229 firecrackers on Easter Saturday from a field in Vasileos Constantinou road in Limassol.

Police had acted on a tip and where trying to find who the firecrackers belonged to.

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