Amir Levy, Commander of the Israeli Fire Fighting Services in the Western Galilee, told Haaretz yesterday that the recent fires are being investigated as possible arson incidents. He cited the unusually large number of fires as well as the presence of multiple sources of ignition as possible indications of arson. Some of the fires, Levy said, were caused by careless farmers. Arson suspected as more than 40 fires blaze in north. While no serious injuries were reported from any of the fires, dozens of people were evacuated from their homes, and hundreds of acres of both natural and manmade forests were destroyed.
By Jack Khoury and Eli Ashkenazi Haaretz Published 02:38 23.10.11
Dozens of fire engine crews from all over northern Israel battled more than 40 separate fires across the Western Galilee Friday and Saturday. While no serious injuries were reported from any of the fires, dozens of people were evacuated from their homes, and hundreds of acres of both natural and manmade forests were destroyed.
Yesterday evening firefighters were called in to battle a fire in a Nahariya nursing home that was apparently caused by negligence. Police and firefighting investigators have said they suspect arson in some of the forest fires, citing the multiple ignition sources typical of deliberately set fires, while others were caused by negligence.