Crews had a hard time putting out a fire in the Larnaca district that broke out at around noon on Tuesday in an auto parts workshop due to flammable objects that caused explosions, the fire service said.
It took firefighters and eight engines around an hour and a half to put out the fire that destroyed the workshop and caused extensive damage to the grounds outside it. Heavy smoke affected the area, while explosions were caused from flammable material stored in the facility near the Livadhia exit of the motorway to Ayia Napa. No injuries were recorded.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
“We are assessing, in cooperation with the police, some initial information that the fire started at the external area (of the facility) […] it was possible that some activities were taking place that caused the fire,” fire service chief Marcos Trangolas told the Cyprus News Agency.
He added that the staff of the facility were outside when the fire broke out and no one was threatened by the blaze.
“It was a difficult operation,” Trangolas said, and crews from other areas were called in to assist those of Larnaca as they could not get water in the area for the engines.
Firefighting crews were able to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading onto piles of car parts scattered in the area.