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Limassol restaurant destroyed by blast

Limassol CID are investigating a fire that broke out early Friday in a restaurant in Amathus avenue, completely destroying the premises and causing a massive explosion but claiming no casualties.

Police and Fire services were called to the scene at around 1.50 am after reports of a violent blast, which blew out windows, sending shards of glass, aluminium and other objects some 40 metres from the eatery and across two lanes of the road.

Residents in flats above the restaurant were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire and detonation, with the exact cause due to be revealed following investigations.

“We are lucky to not be mourning victims.” said Limassol CID chief Ioannis Sotiriades speaking to reporters at the scene. “If any individuals or vehicles were passing at that exact moment we would certainly have had injuries and other damage.”

Sotiriades said the emergency services responded immediately when the fire broke out in the restaurant, which was shut the last days for summer holidays.

“The scene has been sealed off and both the electromechanical services and the police are at this moment carrying out investigations to determine the cause of the fire.”

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