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Arrest after fire on three fronts in Paphos district (Updated)

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A 63-year-old man suspected of causing a fire between the villages of Lemona and Pitargou in the Paphos district on Wednesday evening was remanded for four days by the Paphos district court on Thursday.

According to Paphos police, the man’s car was seen moving away from where the fire started.

The blaze broke out in three places at 3.30pm and was extinguished at 8pm.

Two helicopters, a plane belonging to the Game Fund and fire trucks were used to contain the flames, which burned an area of about 3.5 hectares of dry wild vegetation and two fields.

Police and the fire service understood early on that the cause was arson.

Reports say the suspect is a community leader of the area.

 

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