Yitzhar fire extinguished, families return home

Four fire engines are at the scene and more are on their way, according to a Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson.

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August 16, 2019 15:30
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Yitzhar fire extinguished, families return home

Fire in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. (photo credit: NATHANAEL KAUFMAN/TPS)

Some 20 families in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar were able to return home on Thursday evening, after evacuating the area for several hours due to a dangerous brush fire in the area.


Four structures, that served as storage or were for industrial use were destroyed by the blaze. No homes were destroyed by the fire, but damage was caused to water and electrical infrastructure in the community.
The Fire and Rescue Services, police and IDF all worked to extinguish the fire.

The 20 plus families in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar were asked to temporarily evacuate their homes in light of the dangerous fire in the area on Thursday. Two structures were destroyed by the fire.

Four fire engines are at the scene and more are on their way, according to a Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson.

Police added that a helicopter is working to extinguish the blaze, and officers are on the scene as well.

Settlers said they feared that the blaze had been set by Palestinians from the nearby village of Urif.

Fire and Rescue Services said it was too early to speculate about the source of the fire.


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