Israel saw a large outbreak of fire spreading to larger areas on Thursday when authorities claim that it got under control.Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio this morning that the fire was caused by repeated arsons.
As fires ravaged the northern city Haifa, The University of Haifa was evacuated as a precautionary move.Authorities evacuated many residents of the city’s northern Mount Carmel neighbourhood of Romema earlier this morning. Ramot Sappir neighbourhood of Haifa saw additional fires.
Open field bordering Haifa’s main fire station also saw fire break outs.
Israel Electric Company declared a state of alert. Fires damaged several power-lines and company substations resulting in power cuts.
A fire in Talmon, a settlement in the West Bank east of Modi’in was also reported by police.The town’s residents were evacuated fearing casualties.
Aid teams from Cyprus and Greece have come in four planes with 49 staffs. Minister Erdan was scheduled to receive pilots who came from Greece.
According to police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, Wednesday’s fire started at Nataf started shortly after 9 a.m. He added that four suspects were being questioned and would appear before a Jerusalem court.
“The fire quickly spread from a road where construction was being done, and police and fire crews immediately responded,” said Micky Rosenfeld. “Over 200 people were evacuated from the area, where approximately six houses went up in flames. Thankfully, there were no injuries.” he added.
Asked about an alleged connection between the fires, Rosenfeld said investigations are on to find the causes of the fire.