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Lofou fire under control

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The fire service said on Monday it had brought under control a blaze in the Lofou area of Limassol that burned 1.5 square kilometres of wild scrub, carob, olive, and pine trees.

Some 25 fire trucks, including vehicles from the game fund and the forestry department, were fighting the blaze on two fronts on Sunday but were hampered by strong winds. The fire broke out at around 1.30pm and was eventually put under control in the evening.

As evening fell, firemen had to rescue three hunters who were traveling in two vehicles and were trapped in a gorge surrounded by fire.

Two hunters were rescued by personnel from the Republic and the third by a firefighter from the British bases and was taken to hospital with breathing problems. The hunter’s car was destroyed by the fire.

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