Carmel Fire Night 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The identities of 11 of the 41 people who lost their lives to the Carmel
fires raging through northern Israel were released on Friday.
Among the deceased were: Kfir Ohana, 30 from Ofakim, Topaz Even Hen
Klein, 28 from Rehovot, Meir Ganon, 27 from Gan Yavneh, Yakir Suisa, 25
from Dimona, Tzagi Sium, 31 from Netivot, Oshrat Pinto, 26 from Safed,
Hagi Giorno, 28 from Kiryat Gat, Inbal Emuyiel, 26 from Dimona, Beber
Shabi, 35, from Kfar Jat, A'adel Tafesh, 33 from Beit Jean and Eran
Wiesel, 32 from Kiryat Bialik.
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Funeral information for some of the fire's victims were also released on Friday.
Topaz Even Hen Klein was scheduled to be laid to rest at 12:00 PM at the
military cemetary in Rehovot. Beber Shabi was scheduled to belaid to
rest at 12:00 PM in Kfar Jat. Kfir Ohana was scheduled to be laid to
rest at 12:00 PM at the military cemetary in Ofakim. Tzagi Sium wass
scheduled to be laid to rest at 11:30 AM at the military cemetery in
Netivot. Meir Ganon was scheduled to be laid to rest at 12:00 PM at the
military cemetery in Yavne. Yakir Suisa was scheduled to be laid to rest
at 12:00 PM at the military cemetery in Dimona. Oshrat Pinto was
scheduled to be laid to rest at 12:00 at the military cemetery in Safed.
Hagi Giorno was scheduled to be laid to rest at 11:30 AM at the
milityary cemetery in Kiryat Gat. A'adel Tafesh was scheduled to be laid
to rest at 12:00 PM in Beit Jean. Eran Wiesel was scheduled to be laid
to rest at 12:00 PM in Haifa.
Forty-one people have lost their lives in the blaze, including 36 Israel
Prison Service members, two police officers and a volunteer
firefighter. Three people remained in critical condition at Rambam
Hospital in Haifa.
Thirty-six members of the Prison Service – the majority of whom were new
recruits – had been dispatched to the Damon Prison near Kibbutz Bet
Oren to assist in the evacuation of some 500 prisoners from the
facility. The bus however never made it to its destination. It traveled
from Atlit to the prison via the winding, mountainous single lane Route
721, before suddenly becoming engulfed in flames, leaving no survivors
on board. The victims' families were notified of their loses Thursday
A tearful firefighter spokesman said the blaze had traveled 1500 meters
in less than three minutes, adding, "the bus had no chance. The
passengers tried to escape but were all burned alive. It was a horrific
scene." The spokesman added that the fire was very far from the road on
which the bus was traveling when it first set off towards the prison,
but had spread far faster than expected.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the trragic event on Thursday saying, "I will declare this a day of mourning."