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Fire at IDF base Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Fire at IDF base Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
 
 

Large fire threatens IDF base

Firefighters manage to control another in series of heat-wave-induced fires at midnight, after rushing to prevent flames from reaching armories of IDF base; two soldiers treated for smoke inhalation

Eli Senyor
Published: 04.30.13, 00:54 / Israel News

A fire broke out Monday near a Modiin adjacent IDF base, prompting some 25 firefighting teams to arrive at the scene. After hours of working to extinguish the flames, the firefighters managed to control the fire just before midnight.

 

According to the IDF, soldiers serving at the Adam Base were not evacuated, but were ordered to assemble at a part of the base that was not exposed to the flames. Two soldiers were nonetheless treated in the base for smoke inhalation.

 

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No damage was reported.

 

Though the fire erupted outside the base, the firefighters expressed concern that the flames might spread to the area of armories in the facility.  


צוותי כיבוי במתקן אדם (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Firefighters near Adam base (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

The reason for the fire has yet to be determined.

 

Central District Fire Department Chief Meir Harel told Ynet: "Since the afternoon we've been working to put out the fire, but in the last few hours the wind changed direction and the fire spread to the base and the training facilities."


(צילום: מוטי קמחי)

 

Harel stressed that the forces' main goal was to prevent the flames from reaching the bunkers in the base and Highway 6.

 

The local fire department was fighting a fire that broke out in the area Monday, and managed to control the flames only temporarily, until the blaze erupted again.

 

Over the past few days, several heat-wave-induced fires have broken out across Israel, with numerous fires in Lachish, including a forest fire to which 20 teams and six firefighting planes were rushed, and blazes near the Aminadav forest west of Jerusalem, near the Hadassim boarding school, in Ashdod and in Nitzan.

 

 

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