Sixteen people were moderately to lightly injured as a result of smoke inhalation after a fire broke out on Sunday morning at a hotel in the northern city of Safed. All those injured were tourists aged 16 to 20.
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The fire broke out on the first and second floors of Hametsuda Hotel around 6 A.M. Some 35 people trapped inside the hotel were evacuated, firefighters who arrived at the scene said.
Magen David Adom ambulances brought the injured to the emergency room at Ziv Medical Center. All were treated with oxygen and IV fluids, the hospital said.
Police said that the cause of the fire is not yet known, and they have started an investigation into the matter.