A family tragedy unfolded at noon in the community of Pyrgos in the province of Limassol. A 59-year-old man allegedly set fire to the living room of his 79-year-old uncle's house, as a result of which the elderly man burned alive, while the 78-year-old and 73-year-old are being treated for severe burns. The alleged perpetrator was found dead in the open, one kilometer from the scene, with a gunshot wound to the head.
It all unfolded around 12 noon on Wednesday, when the 59-year-old He allegedly went to his uncle's house holding a can of flammable material and a shotgun, according to the head of the Limassol TAE, Lefteris Kyriakou.
After setting fire to the living room where the uncle and his aunt were sitting, together with the 73-year-old, who is also their relative, he fled, while the Fire Service and the police station of Moni were informed about the fire.
“Outside the house, on the veranda, a 79-year-old man was found with severe burns and an ambulance was called immediately, however, he did not bring vital signs and it was found that he was dead,” said Mr. Kyriakou.
Inside the house, he continued, there were two women, aged 78 and 73, the victim's wife and another relative, who suffered severe burns and were taken to the Limassol General Hospital, while their condition is considered serious.
Asked about this, the head of the Limassol Police Department said that the alleged perpetrator was found dead by his fellow villagers, outside his vehicle, at a distance of about one kilometer from the scene, with a gunshot wound to the head.
According to Mr. Kyriakou, from the examinations so far, it seems that the alleged perpetrator covered the inside of the house with flammable material and set it on fire without warning, while the causes of the tragedy are being investigated.
Due to the nature of their injuries, the two women were transported to the burn clinic of the General Hospital of Nicosia.
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