Child dies in burning house in lower Galilee

Rescue team saves mother, one other child in Shimrit home, but returns to house to find five-year-old boy dead.

June 25, 2011 07:44
Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance

MDA 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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A five-year-old boy was killed Friday overnight when a house in the Lower Galilee community of Shimshit erupted into flames, trapping him inside his room.

According to reports, the mother called firefighters to the house after smelling smoke.

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She was trapped in the house with her two children, 12- and 5-years-old. By the time rescue teams arrived the house was ablaze.

Firefighters managed to rescue the mother and her 12-year-old son. The mother was reportedly unable to direct firefighters to her second son. Firefighters conducted a thorough scan of the house, finding the child dead in the house's basement safe-room.

Rescue team personnel confirmed the boy's death on site.

One police officer was also injured lightly from smoke inhalation and was taken to the nearby hospital for treatment.

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