Authorities suspect arson in Shavuot Mea Shaarim fires

By MELANIE LIDMAN
June 8, 2011 11:20

Jerusalem firefighters responded to five small fires in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shaarim on Tuesday night, Shavuot Eve. They believe that the fires, which did not cause any injuries or major damage, are all connected and the result of arson.

The fires broke out between midnight and 4:00 AM in three different places on Joseph Karo Street and two places on Reichman Street. Given that they were already in the area, firefighters responded immediately to each report of a new blaze and they were put out rapidly before major damage was caused. An investigation is ongoing.


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