Cyprus Mail

Fire in UN buffer zone near Nicosia airport under control (Update 2)

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A fire near the Nicosia airport burnt around one square kilometre of dry grass and wild vegetation but did not affect farms and a dog shelter in the area, the fire service said on Wednesday.

The blaze broke out at around 3.25pm in the area near the village of Kokkinotrimithia. The service responded with four engines helped by two vehicles from the forestry department and 18 tractors.

UN personnel also assisted in the effort after the fire spread into the buffer zone. The flames threated farms, but the intervention of the fire crews averted their destruction. A dog shelter in the area remained unaffected, the fire service said.

The blaze was eventually put under control at around 6.15am. Some crews remained in the area to prevent reignition.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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