The State Control Committee yesterday decided not to set up an investigation commission to probe deficiencies in the fire services during the massive blaze in the Carmel earlier this month.

However, the committee's opposition members called for a re-vote at a later date and the committee unanimously issued a call to State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to probe the events.

Committee chairman Yoel Hasson (Kadima ) held the vote yesterday, after failing to muster a majority for setting up the inquiry commission last week.

Such a commission would have been charged with dealing with the state comptroller's report released last week about problems with the fire services before the fire, rather than the deficiencies manifested during the Carmel disaster.

Coalition members in the committee beat the opposition members by a majority of eight to three yesterday, swinging the vote against the commission.

MK Raleb Majadele (Labor ), who had been fluctuating, decided to toe his party line and voted against the commission.

MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima ), who was against the commission, was replaced at the last moment by his party colleague MK Shlomo Molla, who voted in favor of setting up the commission.

The committee agreed unanimously to call on State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, who attended the vote, to open an inquiry into the Carmel fire.

The opposition members in the committee asked for a repeat debate and vote on setting up a state investigation commission, to be held at a later date.

In view of this, yesterday's vote is not seen as final.