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[Originally Published in The Times of Israel, “Israel Inside” section, March 4, 2012]
Initial reports say 18 toddlers taken to hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation
A fire broke out at a children’s day care center in the town of Elad in central Israel, Walla News reported on Sunday. Eighteen toddlers between the ages of one and three were rushed to Schneider Children’s Hospital in nearby Petah Tikva after sustaining minor injuries caused by smoke inhalation.
According to Nana10 News, initial investigations indicate that the fire was caused by a faulty air-conditioning unit. It is believed that one of the unit’s internal motor parts ignited, causing the fire that subsequently spread throughout the center’s building.
Sunday morning’s fire in Elad is the latest in a series of tragic fire-related incidents which have taken place throughout Israel. Nana10 points out that last week an elderly man died after a fire erupted in an apartment building in Ashkelon.
A week earlier a two-year old toddler was killed in a fire in Rosh Ha’ayin. Nineteen people were taken to hospital after suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.