Boy, 10, killed in Beit Shemesh house fire

Father remains in serious condition after attempting to save son’s life; mother and 2 siblings sustain light injuries.

December 24, 2014 08:59
Beit Shemesh house fire

Boy, 10, killed in Beit Shemesh house fire.. (photo credit: HAARASHI PERLMUTTER/NEWS 24)

A fire in a Beit Shemesh home during the early hours of Wednesday morning took the life of a 10-year-old boy and seriously injured his father, 45, who attempted to save his son’s life, police said.

Four others, including the boy’s mother, 11-year-old brother, five-year-old sister and an unidentified man, sustained light injuries from smoke inhalation and shock, a Magen David Adom official said.

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According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, fire officials, MDA paramedics and police were notified of the blaze by phone shortly after it erupted and promptly responded with fire trucks and ambulances.

“A number of people were evacuated from the home, but as a result of the fire and heavy smoke, a 10-year-old boy was killed,” Rosenfeld said. “His father was badly burned when he attempted to save him and was rushed to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem in serious condition.”

The unidentified child was pronounced dead at the scene by MDA paramedics, Rosenfeld said.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and is being investigated by police and the fire department.

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