Two houses were damaged, one of them extensively, by a fire most likely caused by arson in Tochni on Tuesday evening.
Losses to the badly-damaged building, whose occupants were absent at the time, are estimated at around €150,000 by the owner, the 59-year-old community leader of the village.
The blaze spread to another house 30 metres away, a country residence belonging to a 63-year-old, a relative of the community leader. He was also not in the building when the fire broke out.
The fire services quickly brought it under control and the damage was limited to one room. The amount of damage to the house has not yet been estimated.
The fire was detected at 7.10pm and was under control by 8.30pm. Preliminary investigations indicate that it was started maliciously.
“The investigations carried out revealed that there were signs of a break in while the fire spread rapidly,” fire services spokesman Andreas Kettis told the Cyprus News Agency.
A 57-year-old man, a resident of Tochni, was arrested in connection with the incident. He made some statements which are being checked. According to police, he will be detained until investigations are completed.
The scene was cordoned off and a number of items were seized and sent for scientific testing.