Police: Electrical fault caused Rehovot fire

Emergency services say victims were 5 children, 1 man trapped in home; police suspect electrical charger caused the blaze.

March 27, 2012 14:57
Magen David Adom ambulances [file]

Magen David Adom ambulances 311. (photo credit: Reuters)

Police said Tuesday that an investigation into the Rehovot fire that killed six people Monday night, found that the fire broke out because of an electrical failure in an appliance.

Police suspect that an electrical charger caused the blaze.

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Emergency services said the victims were a man and his five children, who became trapped in their 1.5-room apartment on the city’s Najara Street.

Large numbers of fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles arrived on the scene, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The police spokesman said that all of the children were under the age of 12.

According to Israel Radio, the mother of the children managed to escape and call emergency services. The emergency services declared the area to be the scene of a mass-casualty incident.

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