Mass fire breaks out in Jerusalem, trapping residents inside

The fire took several hours to get under control.

The fires in Jerusalem (photo credit: FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE)
The fires in Jerusalem
(photo credit: FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE)
Firefighters rescued civilians from a building complex in the Romema neighborhood in Jerusalem overnight Monday after an intense fire trapped several families inside. 
The fire took several hours to get under control, as the team attempted to quell the flames and search for anyone left inside.
"The fire broke out around 4 a.m. in a complex of six buildings," said Eli Edri, who headed the fire-fighting team. "A large number of civilians, [including] some small children were trapped in their houses due to the heavy smoke, and many vehicles caught fire. Several warehouses and apartments also caught fire."

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion arrived at the scene first thing in the morning and instructed the municipal departments to support the firefighters and residents by immediately cleaning the area and providing the needed maintenance work.