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October 11, 2018 10:19 am

Fire Claims the Life of Two Young Children in Beitar Illit

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Forces at the scene where a 2-year-old baby and his 4-year-old sister were killed after a fire broke out at a home in Beitar Illit on Oct. 9, 2018. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90. – Two young children were killed and eight others were injured on Tuesday night in an apartment fire in the haredi city of Beitar Illit in Judea.

A witness said the fire was caused by a nightlight that exploded and fell onto a bed in the children’s room. Three of the family’s children managed to get out and get help with a neighbor, but 4-year-old Efrat Ginsburg and her 2-year-old brother, Tzvi, were not able to escape.

A 22-year-old was listed in moderate condition from smoke inhalation, and a 7-year-old and 9-year-old were lightly injured.

The condition or whereabouts of the parents at the time of the blaze were not publicized.

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“The Beitar Illit Municipality, together with all residents of the city, are shocked, grieving and shaken by the tragic passing of these two young children,” the city said in a statement.

Social workers and psychologists were called in to assist the family.

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