Israeli settlers in Hebron on Friday accused local Palestinians of setting fire to a nearby field adjacent to an ancient Jewish cemetery in the biblical city.
According to the pro-settler Tazpit news agency, security officials believe that the fire was caused by arson.
Three fire crews were required to bring the blaze under control.
Settlers in Hebron told Tazpit that in recent weeks, a number of instances of arson have taken place, as is common during summer months.
The settlers said they needed to urgently summon the fire crews in order to prevent damage to the tombstones in the cemetery.
Witnesses said that the fire was started not far from the gravesites of key rabbinical figures, among them Rabbi Moshe Levinger, the settler leader who died last month.