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.
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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