Fire in Jerusalem retirement home injures 8

By MELANIE LIDMAN
March 10, 2012 23:02

 
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Eight people, including two fire fighters, were lightly injured after a fire with heavy smoke broke out in an old age home in Jerusalem in the early hours of Friday morning.

Seven fire crews responded to the blaze on Ben Tzvi Street  at the "Komemiut Artzenu" old age home, which firefighters believe broke out in the electrical closets in the 12-story building. Due to the height of the building and the age of the residents firefighters were concerned about the possibility of residents getting trapped on the upper floors.

The smoke was heaviest on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of the building, but smoke reached to the top floor as well. It took firefighters approximately an hour to obtain control over the fire. They used smoke-clearing machines to remove the heavy smoke, though the building was without electricity during Shabbat.

The eight people injured, mostly from smoke inhalation, were treated at the scene or brought to local clinics. The lobbies on floors four through eight suffered heavy damage.

Firefighters reported the blaze to the city's Welfare Department.

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