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Arson is a Strong Possibility in Jerusalem Fire

Fire fighting commanders cites multiple ignition sites, usually an indication of arson. Danger at Pi Glilot fuel storage facility.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/17/2011, 7:42 PM / Last Update: 7/17/2011, 8:40 PM

Flash 90

National Fire Chief Shachar Ayalon said Sunday afternoon, that the fire raging in the Jerusalem Forest broke out in four places.

Multiple ignition sites are usually an indication of arson, although there have been no preliminary reports from investigators.

One of the major concerns is that the fire could reach Jerusalem's Pi Glilot, a fuel storage area near Har Nof. Ayalon said that one  container at Pi Glilot contains liquid fuel and others are empty but contain fumes.  

In addition to crews from Jerusalem and points in the immediate vicinity, fire fighters were also brought in from Ramle and Tel Aviv. Israel's airborne fire fighting squadron has been fighting the blaze along with the ground based fire fighting forces.

Above photo of fire fighters at Yad VaShem by Flash 90.

All other photos are by Hillel Maeir