Two firefighters were seriously injured and two of the fire trucks battling the flames caught fire and were destroyed.
Fire and rescue services have gained control of the flames and the plant has paused the supply of fuel to the facility.
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was not a “commissioner” and certainly not a firefighter, but the fact that already on the day he leaves the cave we find him putting out fires tells us a lot.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is calling on residents to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer without the tradition of lighting bonfires.
Some 110 people were also injured, Interior Ministry spokesman Khalid al-Muhanna said. Most of the dead and injured were patients.
The Environmental Protection Ministry suggested unifying bonfires with other social groups - without making the actual bonfire larger - to drastically cut pollution without sacrificing tradition.
"There is a fear of the hangars collapsing due to the large fire," District Commander Shmulik Friedman said.
MDA medics classified him as being in severe condition and suffering from intense burns which cover his entire body.
"We still have 400 people unaccounted for, maybe somewhere in the rubble."