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Fire at olive oil factory under control (Updated)

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A big fire that broke out on Monday at an oil producing factory in Anglisides was brought under control by the fire service before it could spread into the neighbouring forest.

According to spokesman of the fire services Stelios Nestoros the fire broke out at the olive oil factory ‘The King of the Olive Tree’ in the Larnaca district at around 3pm, and was under complete control by 4.15pm.

“The fire had not spread beyond the fenced perimeter of the factory and did not threaten the forest area,” Nestoros said, adding that no one was injured as workers had evacuated the premises immediately.

Four fire trucks responded, two from Larnaca and two from Kofinou.

The fire was also spotted by a patrolling forestry department aircraft, which remained in the area in case its assistance was needed.  A helicopter of the police air operations unit was also deployed for preventative reasons.

The cause of the fire will be investigated on Tuesday by the police, fire service and the electrical and mechanical services.

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