Beit Shemesh House Fire Kills Boy, 7, and Wounds His Father

Father seriously injured after trying to save his son after fire broke out in their home.

Tomer Appelbaum

A seven-year-old boy was killed in a fire that broke out Tuesday night in a home in Beit Shemesh. The father, 45, is in serious condition, apparently after trying to save his son.

The police and fire department are investigating the cause of the fire.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene after Magen David Adom paramedics tried to resuscitate him. The father is unconscious and on a respirator at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, in Jerusalem.

The mother and two other children, aged 11 and four suffered light injuries from smoke inhalation, as did another man who was in the house, who also suffered from shock.

“When we arrived on the scene, we saw a private home going up in flames. Together with the firefighters we entered the house and started to evacuate the injured, some of whom came to us and told us one of the children was missing. After a few minutes the child was found inside the house, lifeless with signs of serious burns and smoke inhalation, and to our sorrow we were forced to pronounce his death,” said MDA paramedic Tarek Moussa.

Ilan Assayag

The father insisted on entering the house to save his children and was seriously hurt from the large quantity of smoke he inhaled, said Moussa.

In early morning hours, a 28- year-old woman was seriously injured in a different fire that broke out in a fourth floor apartment on Hahalutzim Street in Tel Aviv. The woman suffered burns on her lower body and is unconscious after inhaling large amounts of smoke. She was taken to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv where she was placed on a respirator.

Two weeks ago, a fire broke out in a second floor apartment in Acre. MDA medics evacuated 11 injured people, including three children and two babies, from the building.