Fire damages Russian cultural center in Cyprus, investigation ongoing

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A fire caused extensive damage to a Russian cultural center in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Wednesday, the fire brigade said, saying its cause was under investigation.

The fire broke out around noon in the complex, which is in the heart of the commercial center of the capital, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky.

It was contained in just under two hours of the fire brigade arriving on the scene.

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“The cause of the fire will be investigated in conjunction with police, and if necessary other state services,” fire brigade spokesman Andreas Kettis said.

The center, which had been undergoing renovation, is thought to have strong links to the Russian embassy in Cyprus, and is a popular venue for art exhibitions and plays.

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