News Local Arson investigation launched after massive Paphos fire put out-'Just sick', says forestry...

Arson investigation launched after massive Paphos fire put out-‘Just sick’, says forestry head

 

A massive blaze on a 20 kilometre front raging for most of the day yesterday and up to early this morning on the boundaries of the Paphos and Limassol districts, was put out today and an arson investigation launched, along with a long term effort to create a anti-arson strategy that will prevent such crimes on a mass scale.

Fire fighting crews battled the Kouklia-Oreites fire for more than 24 hours, with more than 30 vehicles on the ground and 7 planes and helicopters.

Hundreds of firefighters, police officers, forestry department employees, gaming service officers, civil defence and locals all joined forces in tackling difficult conditions, winds, a rough terrain, in preventing the fire from spreading.

More than five square kilometres of forested area, olive and carob tree crops and wild shrubbery were scorched, two of them inside the Kouklia-Oreites state forest.

Crews were working until earlier this morning, supported by two Russian Gamov-32 firefighting helicopters based at Paphos airport and two forestry department planes that came over from Akrotiri. Water drops stopped rekindling.

The arson investigation is now well and truly under way, at an intensive pace, with the head of the forestry department head referring to ‘sick individuals, criminals that went for human lives’.

Arson was confirmed by police, the fire department and local authorities, as the blaze broke out on more than 7 fronts at three in the morning.

Agricultural minister Costas Cadis went to the area late yesterday afternoon, when firefighting forces were still dousing massive flames. He congratulated crews on their response.

‘I simply cannot comprehend how anyone could set fires on a 20 kilometre front’ the Agriculture minister said.

Top Stories

Out in ‘nature’-Prince William and family join legendary Attenborough

  Britain’s royal family have released pictures of Prince William, wife Kate and their three children joining the naturalist David Attenborough in the gardens of...

North Korea warns of naval tensions during search for slain South Korean

  North Korea said it is searching for the body of South Korean official killed by its troops, but warned that South Korean naval operations...

Authorities keep steady pace on Covid checks, more than a thousand on weekend

  Police are not putting their foot off the gas on Covid violation checks, conducting more than a thousand over the weekend. In the past 24...

Cyprus tourism will be back in 2021 let’s save this year, hoteliers say

  The Hoteliers Association sprinkled a message of hope on Cypriots and visitors to the island, promising to intensify efforts for a successful tourism year...

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of attacking settlements in Nagorno Karabakh

  Armenia said early today that neighbouring Azerbaijan had attacked civilian settlements in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and urged the population in the disputed region to...

Taste

Sheftalies

Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...

Souvlakia

Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...