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Two fires that threatened houses brought under control (update 1)

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Two blazes in the Nicosia and Famagusta districts that threatened houses and severely damaged an auxiliary building have been brought under control, the fire service said on Saturday.

The first fire erupted at around 1pm in the Laxia area of Protaras when nylon covering a greenhouse caught fire.

Five engines and a fire-fighting aircraft of the forestry department managed to put out the blaze some two hours later.

The fire threatened two houses, fire service spokesman Andreas Kettis said, but crews managed to secure the area around the buildings.

The blaze burned down greenhouses, bamboo plants and acacia trees.

Kettis said that it is not known yet whether the fire was due to the human factor or any other reason.

The second fire broke out at around 1.45pm on the Ergates-Arediou road in the Nicosia district.

It took six engines and the input of the fire-fighting aircraft of the forestry department to put out the blaze at around 4.20pm.

“It burned 2.5 hectares of wild vegetation and severely damaged an auxiliary building of a house,” Kettis said.

He added that investigations are underway to find the exact cause of fire. “We have located the point from where the fire began, but we are investigating with the police before drawing conclusions,” he said.

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