1 dead, five hurt in two fires

Man burns to death in caravan inferno after neglecting burning candle.

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A man was killed and five people injured in two separate fires overnight Wednesday and early Thursday morning. A fire broke out Thursday morning in a south Tel Aviv apartment on Herzl St. Five family members living in the apartment were injured. Two children and an infant who suffered serious injuries in the fire were taken to Ichilov Hospital. Their parents were lightly injured. Findings from an initial investigation concluded that the fire was caused by a short circuit in the building. In the second fire that occurred overnight Wednesday, a 30-year-old man burned to death in a caravan in Ma'ale Amos, in the Gush Etzion region. Firefighters arrived at the scene and put out the blaze, at which point they found the man's body. The fire had apparently started after a candle, which had been left burning, fell off a table and spread flames throughout the caravan, a fire specialist said late Thursday afternoon. Another man who lived in the caravan, who had been detained after the event, was expected to be released within the next few hours.