Fires Kill Two Kids, Senior Citizen

A fire broke out yesterday in a Hadera apartment, killing a 6-year-old girl, Ana Baruch, and injuring two others, including her father,. The girl was in critical condition when she was put in an ambulance and she died before reaching the hospital.

Eyewitnesses criticized the Hadera Fire Brigade's handling of the fire. They said that the firefighters wasted 20 precious minutes struggling to unfold the aerial ladder in order to rescue the child and her father, who stood on the balcony of their apartment, yelling for help. The Hadera fire service and police are investigating the cause of that fire.

Earlier in the weekend, a 12-year-old boy, Jawadat Jaasus, died in a fire in Lod that broke out overnight Friday in a small residential unit attached to a large private house. Firefighters responding to an anonymous report found several people already on the scene, trying to put out the blaze. The boy was found lying unconscious in a bed inside. An ambulance crew was unable to resuscitate him.

Firefighters managed eventually to put out the fire, which completely destroyed the apartment.

In another tragedy, an 85-year-old man died yesterday evening in a fire that broke out in a tent in an unrecognized Bedouin village, close to Yeruham. A spokesman for the fire service said that a rescue team arrived after the fire had gone out. The body of a man who lived in the tent was found at the scene. Police believe the fire was started by coals from a campfire inside the tent.