building on fire.
(photo credit: illustrative)
Firefighters extinguished the fire the broke out in an Acre metal processing plant Sunday morning after nearly 24 hours.Earlier
in the day hundreds of residents in nearby communities were advised to
remain indoors to avoid
inhaling hazardous smoke. A Ministry for Environmental
Protection hazardous materials treatment patrol was called in by the
emergency services and consulted on the fire.
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan initiated a criminal investigation into the causation of the fire, in order to discover who will be held responsible for the disaster.
The fire at the "Hod Pladot" plant began around 11 a.m. at
waste collection area, and it was believed that hazardous materials were
being burned by the flames, making the fumes potentially harmful.
In the afternoon,
environmental experts declared the smoke non-hazardous, despite the
toxic substances being burned up, because the blaze and toxic smoke
stayed safely high in the atmosphere.
Thirty firefighter teams
were at work on the site in the
trying to get the fire under control. An initial eight teams from the
Western Galilee Region had not
sufficed, and support was called in from other regions.
Great plumes of thick smoke rose above the Haifa Bay and spread across
Route 4, causing it to be intermittently closed between Albin and Ein
junctions due to the smoke, and police were redirecting traffic to