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16 April, 2024
 
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Historic mansion reduced to ashes in devastating fire (video)

Investigations underway as neoclassical Pavlidis mansion, a symbol of Limassol's heritage, succumbs to flames

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A listed neoclassical mansion, the Pavlidis mansion, located in the heart of Limassol's historic center, has been destroyed by a fire that erupted around 11:30. The blaze, under investigation for its origin, posed challenges for firefighters due to the city's central location and difficulties in accessing the site.

Limassol Assistant Fire Station Officer, Veniamin Louca, stated that the fire service deployed three engines and a hydraulic platform to combat the fire. The challenges mounted as the roof and wooden floor of the mansion collapsed, complicating firefighting efforts. Firefighters managed to protect neighboring structures and evacuate occupants with the assistance of the police.

Reports suggest that four individuals were observed leaving the abandoned mansion, prompting a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding their presence. Limassol Police Department spokesman Lefteris Kyriakou mentioned ongoing inquiries into whether the building was being used by homeless individuals.

The historic mansion, dating back to the late 19th century, had been abandoned for over a decade, previously hosting a bar in its courtyard. The Limassol Municipality expressed regret over the destruction while awaiting the outcome of the investigation. The municipality's Technical Services stand ready to support authorities in restoration efforts.

The Limassol Municipality conveyed gratitude to the Fire Service for their swift response, preventing further damage to the mansion and nearby structures.

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