Remand of man whose business went up in flames extended

Suspect suspected of keeping a large number of gas canisters in his premises, beyond what is permitted by safety regulations.

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April 3, 2012 04:48
Fire at Ra'anana factory

Fire at Ra'anana factory 370. (photo credit: Courtesy / Israel Police)

 
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The Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court extended by a day the remand of a Ra’anana business owner whose store went up in flames on Sunday, sparking explosions and causing panic in the city’s industrial area.

The suspect, Ron Nahum, is suspected of keeping a large number of gas canisters in his premises, beyond what is permitted by safety regulations, police said.

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The suspect’s attorney, Avital Almogit, agreed to the 24-hour extension in custody, but told the court that the fire began at another location and spread to Nahum’s business.

In her ruling Judge Dana Marshak Merom said there was a reasonable basis of evidence to tie the man to police suspicions against him.

Seven people suffered from smoke inhalation following the fire, though all were classed as being lightly hurt.

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