Fire burns through store in Beit Shemesh.
(photo credit: MAARIV)
Local police and firefighters have responded to a fire in on Sfat Emet Street in Beit Shemesh. Initial reports indicate that the fire started in a commercial property located in the bottom of a residential building.
Police and firefighters who arrived at the site evacuated the residents of the building. Sfat Emet Street was closed to allow the forces to operate in the vicinity.
The fire fighters under the command of the Bet Shemesh Central Command, Mishnat Reuben Reuven Yitzchak, were working on preventing the flames
from spreading to the residential buildings above containing dangerous fumes that rose into the buildings, causing families to retreat from their homes.
Teams are currently conducting searches to find people who may be trapped by the fire and potential casualties in the burning shops and houses in the area.
So far no casualties have been reported in the incident.