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Second Limassol fire partially under control (Update 3)

Firefighting crews operating by land and air have partially brought under control a fire near Pahna in Limassol that has been raging since around 4pm.

A second fire which broke out earlier in the day north of the Mouttayiaka and Armenohori area in the same district is now under control.

According to the spokesman of the fire service, Andreas Kettis, 20 engines and an 80-strong crew from the fire service, forestry department and the district administration had brought the Pahna blaze that started around 4pm partially under control by around 6.45pm with the help of seven aircraft. The fire has burned 30 hectares of wild vegetation.

Crews from Paphos and the disaster response unit Emak had also joined in the effort, while crews from the civil defence and the volunteer group Etea were also expected to reinforce the land operations.

Earlier in the day, the Limassol fire service was simultaneously battling with another fire that had erupted at around 3pm in the area of Mouttayiaka and Armenohori. It was put out some two and a half hours later. It burned down four hectares of wild vegetation, Kettis said.

Crews will remain on site during the night to deal with possible reignition, he said.









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