New facts regarding the investigation of the response to Carmel fires were aired to the public on Wednesday suggesting that at least three of the police officers burned alive next to the ill-fated bus in the Carmel could have escaped from the inferno. Instead, these three - Asst.-Cmdr. Ahuva Tomer, Asst.-Cmdr. Lior Boker and Dep.-Cmdr. Itzik Melina - chose to stay and try to save the Prison Service cadets trapped on the bus and perished in the effort.
Another important fact discovered by investigators working with the State Comptroller was that, contrary to some earlier reports, 180 out of 550 prisoners being held in Damun Prison that was threatened by flame had still yet to be evacuated to safety when the bus full of Prison Service officer cadets made its way to relieve them.