A two-year-old baby girl died in a house fire and her father suffered serious burns in a valiant attempt to save her life Tuesday night.
The tragedy in Rosh HaAyin, several miles east of Tel Aviv, occurred when a blaze broke out in the den of a family home.
The mother escaped with two other children, aged 5 and 7, all of whom suffered relatively light injuries. Rescue workers who were at a nearby wedding rushed to the scene to help.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but investigators suspect the cause to be either candles that were burning or an electrical failure.
ZAKA motorcycle rescue unit officer Eli Levinstein unit said, “I arrived at the scene and saw dozens of people outside the house and screaming for help.
“I immediately called for additional help from rescue workers who were at a nearby wedding, and we gave first aid to a number of people. Magen David Adom medics arrived, and we worked together but to our sorrow, we were not able to save the baby, whom we found dead.”
The father had stayed behind in an attempt to rescue the baby girl, who was on the sofa in the den but could not reach past the inferno, which left him with serious burns and wounds from smoke inhalation.
In Beit El in Samaria, a fire broke out in a house when a gas tank exploded outside one the home. Initial fears of trapped residents proved unfounded, and no one was injured.