A fire broke out at the Russian Cultural Centre in Nicosia on Wednesday afternoon, with some reports suggesting the blaze was started by a thrown Molotov cocktail. The Fire Service immediately responded with five fire engines, including an aerial ladder.
According to the spokesperson for the Force, the entire roof was engulfed in flames.
However, the situation was manageable, and the Fire Department’s press representative, Andreas Kettis, reported that access was made to the roof of the building to fully extinguish the fire, as well as to extinguish small fires inside.
Mr. Kettis added that the fire had been contained. Oxygen cylinders used for work were also safely transported outside.
The Russian Center for Culture and Science in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is currently ablaze, reportedly due to a Molotov cocktail attack, according to initial reports. pic.twitter.com/5UPwEaIm8Y
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The cause of the fire is still unknown, and an investigation is underway.
The Russian Cultural Centre in Nicosia has been a hub of cultural exchange, hosting various events and exhibitions throughout the year. It is not yet known the extent of the damage caused by the fire and whether it will affect any upcoming events.