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Dozens Evacuated in Jerusalem Fire

Fire at Bayit Vegan hotel cuts short wedding, forces evacuation of senior citizens.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/27/2012, 10:40 PM

MDA rescue workers fire (illustration)
MDA rescue workers fire (illustration)
MDA Spokesperson

Dozens of senior citizens who live in low-rent apartments inside or next to the Chen Hotel in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem, were evacuated when a fire broke out in the building Thursday evening. No one was hurt.

The fire also forced the evacuation of participants in a wedding that took place in the hotel's events hall.

A fire officer ordered the evacuation to make it possible to fight the fire. The bride, groom and guests, as well as the senior citizens, were immediately evacuated by the fire crews, who then put out the blaze.

The fire appears to have originated in one of the hotel's rooms.