Carmel fire 311.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
At least forty people were killed in the North on Thursday, according to Magen David Adom, when a bus which left the Damon Prison overturned after getting stuck in a huge fire in the Carmel area.
The fire, which broke out near the Druze village of Usfiya in the North on Thursday morning, was spreading and threatened villages in the area after already having burned some 6,000 dunams.
services were attempting to rescue the passengers, and dozens of
ambulances were making their way to a staging area at the entrance of
Kibbutz Beit Oren.
of fire crews were battling the flames with the help of water dropped
from airplanes. Nearby Damon
Prison was evacuated and prisoners were being transported to other
facilities. Emergency services crews ordered the evacuation of Kibbut
Beit Oren, some 30 families from Usfiya, University of Haifa
and other towns in the area for fear that the blaze could spread
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The area in question contains heavy brush which burns easily, according
to firefighters. This fact coupled with strong winds has prompted the
evacuations and the presence of multiple fire crews brought in to help
with the blaze from various districts in the country.
According to fire officials, crews have been unable to control the fire at all, and the cause was unknown.
Area residents were instructed to remain indoors, to avoid being exposed
to harmful fumes.