Large fire damages four houses in Alona [Video]

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Large fire damages four houses in Alona [Video]
Added: 09-04-2018 00:55

A large fire broke out at a home in the centre of the village of Alona in the Nicosia district last night which spread to a neighbouring three houses.

According to initial reports the fire broke out on Sunday evening at around 7:40pm and allegedly started in a fireplace in one house before quickly spreading to three other houses.

The two occupants of the house at the source of the fire managed to escape without injury.

Members of the Civil Defence Force and local residents attempted to tackle the blaze until the Fire Brigade arrived.

Five fire engines and an auxiliary vehicle from the Department of Forests responded to the fire.

The small village of Alona is located on the northern side of the Troodos Mountain at an altitude of approximately 1200 metres.

Local media are reporting that there were complaints made over the response time of the Fire Service.

Responding to residents complaints on SigmaLive, the spokesman for the Fire Department, Andreas Kettis, noted that all rural stations, except Moniatis and Evrychou, are staffed until 7pm.

Moreover, he added that the Palaichori station is staffed by part-time/on call firefighters and not by permanent personnel.

He also noted that from the very first moment that the Fire Department accepted the call for the fire in Alona, ​​vehicles from the Acropolis Fire Station in Strovolos were immediately dispatched.

Asked why vehicles from Strovolos were dispatched and not from Lakatamia station, he said that at that time those units were responding to another incident in Meniko.

The fire was put under control at around 9:20pm in the evening and no injuries were reported.

One house, according to the Fire Department, has been completely destroyed, the second one has suffered extensive damage while two other houses have suffered lighter roof damage.

Video below:

Source/Video: SigmaLive
Photo: Screenshot
Added: 09-04-2018

Large fire damages four houses in Alona [Video]

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