Two women killed in Kiryat Arba, Tel Aviv residential blazes

Woman in Kiryat Arba succumbs to smoke inhalation; in an unrelated incident in Tel Aviv, a woman died after sustaining severe burns.

April 14, 2014 05:04
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Firefighter puts out fire in Kiryat Arba. (photo credit: KIRYAT ARBA FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES)


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Two women in their 60s were killed in separate fires in Kiryat Arba, outside of Hebron, and in Tel Aviv Saturday night.

One woman was found nearly lifeless, lying in the hallway of her fourth-floor apartment in Kiryat Arba after attempting to flee a blaze that spread throughout the building, a Fire and Rescue Services spokesman said Sunday.

Although firefighters were able to bring her to safety, the woman succumbed to smoke inhalation and was pronounced dead by Magen David Adom medics shortly thereafter.

Rescue workers were able to safely extract a mother and her baby from the same floor of the building, who sustained minor injuries. Two other residents were also lightly injured, the official said.

Firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze shortly after evacuating the building’s residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

In an unrelated incident on Saturday, a Tel Aviv woman in her 60s died after sustaining severe burns all over her body, a Fire and Rescue Services official said. A subsequent investigation determined that the fire began in the victim’s bedroom.

According to a MDA medic on the scene, the unidentified woman was found unconscious and without a pulse.

No other injuries were reported.

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