Fire in Tel Aviv District Court delays hearings

Blaze in court archive said to have been sparked by an electrical fault.

fire Tel Aviv District Court_311 (photo credit: Joanna Paraszczuk)
fire Tel Aviv District Court_311
(photo credit: Joanna Paraszczuk)
A fire in the archives of the Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday resulted in delays in the morning’s scheduled hearings, with some cases being postponed to later dates.
The fire, which started at around 7:30, was discovered by court staff.

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Fire services rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire, but not before dozens of valuable court archive files had been burned.
One court employee was treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation.

While proceedings in the adjacent magistrate’s court went ahead as scheduled, the district court remained closed until 10:30, and the hundreds of people who had arrived for the morning’s hearings were asked to remain outside the court building.
After the court reopened, a distinct smell of smoke lingered throughout the building.
Among the proceedings delayed by the fire was the pre-sentencing hearing for the three men convicted of killing Arik Karp on the Tel Baruch beach in Tel Aviv two years ago.