Cyprus Mail

Downpour keeps fire service busy

The fire service said it responded to fifty calls for help in the 24-hour period to Friday morning, of which more than half were weather related.

Just four of the incident were actual fires, according to the service, while 34 were responses to the extreme weather conditions of the last few days.

“At 20.28 (Thursday) a call was received concerning a fire on the first floor of a four-storey hostel housing foreign residents in old Nicosia’s Trikoupi street,” the fire service said, adding that the fire was brought under control by 21.42.

The fire, which destroyed the interior of the apartment, caused intense smoke throughout the whole building, prompting firemen to use six breathing apparatus kits.

The building was searched by four teams who helped evacuate 20 people and four dogs from the premises. The cause of the fire was being investigated.

The assistance carried out in incidences involving bad weather across the island involved opening drainage ducts on flooded roads, towing vehicles with passengers from flooded streets, removing trees felled due to high winds, and pumping water from flooded basements and low lying buildings.





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