Fire service contains 180 Lag Ba'omer incidents; none hurt

By MELANIE LIDMAN
May 22, 2011 16:55

 
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Jerusalem fire and rescue services responded to 180 incidents of out-of-control bonfires over the course of the night.

There were double the amount of firefighters on duty for the holiday. Most of the areas with problems were religious suburban neighborhoods that border the forest, such as Har Nof, Pisgat Zev, Ramot, and Neveh Yaakov.

Most of the bonfires were quickly contained, except for two incidences. A fire that reached power lines on Bar Ilan Street in the haredi neighborhood of Artzei HaBira forced the electric company to temporarily shut down power to the area, and a car burst into in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood, also damaging a house.

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