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Blaze near Tala under control (Updated)

Tala Fire
Tala fire (Image Martin Kennedy)

Two helicopters, four aircrafts and more than ten fire engines helped to extinguish the fire that broke out in the area of Tremithousa–Tala in Paphos district on Wednesday.

The blaze was difficult to control due to strong winds in the area. It destroyed 10 hectares of dry grass and wild vegetation before it was brought under control at about 5pm.

In a tweet, fire department spokesman Andreas Kettis said the fire broke out around 12.56 in dry grass and wild vegetation. Two helicopters and nine fire engines from the fire service were at the scene, one from the forestry department which also contributed with four aircrafts and another fire engine and four excavators from the community councils of Tala and Kilis. The civil defence also had two fire engines at the scene and 17 culprits.

Volunteers and the police were also trying help extinguish the fire, Kettis said.

The civil defence had also been informed in case there was a need to evacuate the nearby houses. The fire brigade later reported that the houses were safe and there was no cause for concern.

Fire fighters remained in the area in case of a resurgence of the fire.

The cause of the fire is investigated with the help of the police. Reports said the fire might have been set maliciously.




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