Fire crews battling to bring Limassol fire under control

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Added: 13-08-2019 01:44

A fire which started around 11:40am on Monday morning, between the villages of Malia & Pachna in the Limassol district, was still raging out of control in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Strong winds and rough terrain have hindered the work of fire crews and allowed the fire to develop on several fronts.

Earlier in the day as a precautionary measure, after evaluation by the Fire Department and in cooperation with civil defence and police, the village of Kisousa was evacuated. All ten residents were moved to a safe place away from the spreading fire.

The Limassol-Kantou-Platres road  which had closed near the village of Kisousa because of the fire earlier in the afternoon reopened around 7.30pm.

The Agios Amvrosios-Vouni road was also closed to traffic over safety concerns after the fire damaged electricity and street lighting poles.

Power outages in several areas within the Limassol district were caused by fire damage to electricity poles, lines and transformers.

According to the spokesperson of the EAC, Christina Papadopoulou, the areas affected by the power disruption were:  Silikou, Pachna, Agios Therapon, Vouni, Koilani, Malia and Pera Pedi. Mrs Papadopoulou confirmed that electricity had been restored except for individual consumers in the area of Vouni. EAC crews continue to work through the night to repair damage caused by the fire.

Though the extent of the damage caused by the fire so far is not clear, residents of neighbouring villages have reported extensive damage to crops and agricultural land, while several non-inhabited buildings have also been burnt by the flames.

Fire service spokesperson Andreas Kettis said that ground-level efforts to place the fire under control were continuing throughout the night.

By late Monday night, eighteen fire engines together with three fire trucks from the Forestry Department were joined by five portable fire units – three from the civil defence and two from the game service. Around sixty personnel are involved in tackling the blaze with fire service spokesperson Andreas Kettis adding that the fire rages on many fronts and the situation remains dangerous.

Local media (CNA/Sigma) are reporting that a 43-yr-old Greek Cypriot suspect has been arrested in relation to the fire and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday morning.

An announcement has been issued calling on the public to be very careful and avoid any activity which may cause a fire to start.

The public is urged to call 112 or 1407 immediately when spotting a fire and also inform the service if they notice any suspicious activity.

Added: 13-08-2019

Fire crews battling to bring Limassol fire under control

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