Israel Brief June 26, 2012: Massive Jerusalem Fires in Motza area ‘Under Control’



Jerusalem Fires ‘Under Control’

A major blaze in Jerusalem’s Motza area has been brought under control by some 28 firefighting teams from across the country

Firefighters on Tuesday succeeded in bringing several fires in Motza area of Jerusalem under control.

Fire and Rescue Services Commissioner Shahar Ayalon postulated that the massive blaze could have broken out due to arson.

“A fire doesn’t start itself,” he said. “This was either caused by negligence or was lit intentionally.”

Police closed the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway (Highway 1) in both directions and reopened it two hours later. Some residents in the Motza area were evacuated. Four people suffered mild smoke inhalation injuries.

According the Fire Department, 35 firefighting teams were trying to contain the flames. Six IAF planes assisted in their efforts.

Ayalon said, despite the blaze being under control, it would nevertheless noted that it would take a while to extinguish the smaller fires….READ MORE

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