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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