The Fire and Rescue Services believes that the fire began at about 10 p.m. on Monday near the Palestinian Authority and progressed toward the area currently affected by the fire.
The heat wave that began on Wednesday has continued to grow in intensity over the weekend, causing wildfires near Beit Shemesh.
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An initial investigation found that the fire started after a pile of clothing was intentionally set on fire in the middle of the apartment.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, the synagogue was already engulfed in a sea of flames. According to first responders, the fires were extended above the trees.
Following an argument between Interior Minister Arye Deri and Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, the Religious-Zionist community will get its own fire as well.
The fire began in the main building and the various committees ended their work to leave the building. Those who work at the office of mayor Moshe Lion also evacuated.