Ikea fire 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
The joint Fire and Rescue Service-police investigation team assembled Saturday
night to investigate the cause of the fire that destroyed the Ikea outlet in
Netanya has not yet been able to determine the cause of the blaze, but is
leaning towards the theory that an electrical fault sparked the first
“I believe we will reach a conclusion within days,” Sharon Police
subdistrict spokesman Ch.-Supt. Shlomo Jurano told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday,
as images of the burned-out tin structure that used to house the first Ikea
furniture store in Israel flooded the media.
Massive fire destroys IKEA store in Netanya
Asked if there was a chance
the fire was linked to a string of arson attacks on four vehicles in an adjacent
neighborhood on Saturday night, Jurano said they were not related.
have two suspects we are seeking in connection with those arson
incidents. We don’t think they are linked to what happened in Ikea,” the
Danny Yosefsberg, a spokesman for the Netanya Fire and
Rescue Service, which is leading the investigation, told the Post, “We believe
the most likely cause is a technical electric error on the roof of the
“But we are looking at other options too,” he added, referring
to the possibility of arson.
“Police have removed CCTV cameras from the
area, though some of them were damaged,” Yosefsberg said. One of the questions
being examined was how the fire could spread so quickly in a store fitted with
cutting-edge fire-safety technology, he said.
“We believe this could be
due to the type of tin structure involved. In addition, because we feared the
building would collapse, firefighters had to vacate the store, and tackle the
flames from outside,” he said.
Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom
Simhon has ordered the establishment of a special committee to examine ways to
assist consumers and 400 employees of the destroyed store.
chairman of Ikea Israel, told Ma’ariv over the weekend that the jobs of all the
employees were safe.
He added that it would take several months for the
store to be rebuilt, and that Ikea would issue refunds at its Rishon Lezion
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