Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee Chair Ophir Paz-Pines (Labor) called on the Environmental Protection Ministry to open an
investigation into the fire at the Agan Chemicals factory in Ashdod at the end of a special session convened to discuss last week's blaze. While the
police and fire department are looking into the cause of the blaze itself, Paz-Pines recommended a probe to examine how the factory stored its
hazardous materials and whether improvements could be made.
Ashkelon fire chief Dani Sasson ruled out an electrical short, a rocket or arson as the cause of the fire, but said his investigation was still
ongoing. Environmental Protection Ministry Deputy Dir.-Gen. Yossi Inbar indicated that the fire had been started by some fertilizer, but they still
didn't know exactly how.
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