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Teens Who Started Carmel Fire May Not be Charged

Two teens from the Druze village of Isfiya who are suspected of starting last year's Carmel forest fire may not be charged.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/14/2011, 4:12 AM

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The Haifa District Attorney’s Office will likely decide not to charge the two youths suspected of causing the Carmel forest fire last December due to lack of evidence, Channel 2 News reported on Sunday.

The two teens, residents of the Druze village of Isfiya, were arrested on suspicion that they started the fire, after smoking a hookah and then tossing the coal aside and going home.

They subsequently saw that a fire had started but chose to do nothing and not report the fire to the authorities.

44 people died in the Carmel forest fire, most of them Israel Prison Service cadets whose bus was caught in the flames with no chance of getting out.

The prosecution would not confirm the report that the two teens will not be charged, saying only that “no decision has been made in the case.”