A fire in Kellia was brought under complete control by early Thursday morning, after burning through two hectares of reedbeds and wild brush.

The fire services reported that the blaze broke out around 7:30 pm on Wednesday in the ‘Rinia’ area of the community in Larnaca. The fire was brought under full control over five hours later, by around 1am, after burning 1.9 hectares of land and vegetation.

Seventeen people from the forestry department with four fire engines and an excavator participated in the extinguishing operation. The operations were assisted by the fire service with five personnel and two fire engines as well as a private agricultural tractor.

Forces remain at the scene to guard against flare ups, while the exact causes of the blaze are being investigated.