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Jerusalem - Fire Near Holocaust Museum Was 'Accident'

Published on: July 18, 2011 12:26 PM
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys watch from an opposite hill as a fire plane drops fire retardant to try to extinguish fires burning in the forest below Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem Sunday, July 17, 2011. A wildfire tore through a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Sunday, moving within several hundred yards (meters) of Israel's national Holocaust memorial and sending a huge plume of smoke billowing over parts of the holy city. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys watch from an opposite hill as a fire plane drops fire retardant to try to extinguish fires burning in the forest below Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem Sunday, July 17, 2011. A wildfire tore through a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Sunday, moving within several hundred yards (meters) of Israel's national Holocaust memorial and sending a huge plume of smoke billowing over parts of the holy city. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Jerusalem - A forest fire that prompted the evacuation of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum was likely started accidentally by a man burning rubbish in his backyard, Jerusalem police said on Monday.

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The fire spread rapidly on Sunday afternoon in the forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, forcing the evacuation of the famed museum as the flames neared.

Police initially said they suspected the fire was started by arsonists because it appeared to have started in three separate places.

But police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Monday that a 50-year-old resident of one of the collective communities, known as moshavim, near Jerusalem was believed to have started the fire accidentally.


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 Jul 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Who burns rubbish in their back yards so close to a national museum?

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 01:07 PM eli Says:

Thank you VIN for posting this report. Already today Arutz Sheva had not one but two stories implying that "Arabs" did it -- though of course offering not one shred of evidence. My friend who lives in Israel -- and who's as right wing politically as they come -- always says, "There's the true story, and then there's the Arutz Sheva version of the story."

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