A one-year-old toddler died tonight (Wednesday) in a fire in a residential building in the Segev Shalom settlement in the Negev. Firefighting and rescue forces who arrived at the scene evacuated ten other people from the building, including eight children, a man and a woman in their twenties and a 60-year-old woman.
Ten other residents were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva after suffering from smoke inhalation. Firefighting services have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the fire. According to Yasser Abu Normal, a senior medic at Magen David Adom who arrived on the scene, the toddler was unconscious and suffered severe burns and her death was determined at the scene. He said, “Ten of the family members we rescued were fully conscious and had smoke inhalation and some were also anxious. We gave them medical treatment and we were taken to a lightweight hospital.”
In another incident in Ashdod, a 57-year-old man was severely injured by burns in a gas explosion in a residential building. Five more people were lightly injured by smoke inhalation and sabotage. Firefighters arriving at the scene dismantled two gas cylinders in the apartment on the ground floor of the building and removed them after being cooled.