Big fire at Kayalar 11/7/2011

At least three fire appliances plus a helicopter and firefighting plane from the Turkish mainland were in action this afternoon in Kayalar. The fire appeared to have started behind the mosque spreading quickly up the slopes behind the village. A strong wind made the fire fighting efforts even more arduous. Many soldiers were being fed drinking water by garden hose as they battled the flames. Some houses appear to have been damaged in the fire. I saw at least three which were completely surrounded by blackened scrubland with visible smoke stains on the walls. From my position it was not possible to see if there was any further damage.

The road through the village was closed by water tankers and fire trucks. BRT TV was there filming as well.


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