A representative of the fire fighters on the scene said that two cars were caught in the fire. The Carmelit does not operate on the Sabbath, though as maintenance workers do work in the tunnels on Saturday, further confirmation is pending.
After smoke began to spread to several underground stations, it began to rise and spread through the city streets, causing city officials to close a number of streets for traffic. At present, all streets apart from HaNassi Blvd. have been reopened.
Fire fighting units were first called to the Carmelit underground railway station on Ha-Nevi'im Streeet, after heavy smoke was seen coming out of the station. After the smoke begun to come out of several other stations, fire fighters started looking for its source.
The Fire Fighting Unit have set up an investigation team to look into the circumstances leading to the fire. The underground system is expected to be out of operation, after joining the "Rav Kav" joint public transport pass network in January. As a result of working with Rav Kav, Carmelit's number of passengers jumped by 30%.