Firefighters (illustration)
Firefighters (illustration) Yossi Zamir/Flash 90

Fire and Rescue squads responded to a fire that broke out in a school in the northern Bedouin town of Tuba Zangariya which is located near Rosh Pina. The fire department has opened an investigation into the matter of suspected arson regarding the case.

Channel Two news reported that just after 11:00 pm on Saturday night, neighbors of a local school called the fire department and reported seeing columns of smoke emanating from one of the classrooms. Upon arriving, fire teams succeeded in gaining control of the fire, which had started in the principal’s office. Firefighters managed to put it out before the fire was able to spread to other rooms.

According to the report, firefighters began fighting the fire on the first floor, and prevented it from ascending to the second floor of the schoolhouse. No injuries were reported in the incident. Police and fire officials have opened an investigation into the incident as it is suspected that arson may have been the cause of the fire.   

The town of Tuba Zangariya is located on the opposite side of Highway 90 from Rosh Pina, and lies very close to the town of Kfar Hanassi. It acquired local council status in 1988 when the two villages of Tuba and az-Zangariya merged. It is populated by the Bedouin tribe of El Heib and has a population of close to 7,000 people.