The flames that broke out in several locations within Haifa are still spreading and have even reached residential homes. Large numbers of firefighting forces with the help of firefighting planes are attempting to contain the flames. 104 were slightly injured from smoke inhalation, 1 in moderate condition. More than 10 neighborhoods were ordered to evacuate.
This morning (Thursday), at least six fires broke out in Haifa. The decision was made to evacuate over 10 neighborhoods in the city, so far about 60 thousand people were evacuated. Mayor of Haifa Yona Yahav said: “We don’t want to be taking any risks.” At least 104 people were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
Due to the fact that the fire broke out in several locations almost simultaneously, the suspicions arise that they were purposely ignited, and two suspects were arrested.
The Israeli Prison Service is preparing to evacuate the 600 prisoners and 150 staff members from the prisons Damon and Carmel, located on the Carmel Mountain.
Because of a fire approaching the railway in Caesarea, Israel Railways announced they will halt all train movement from Binyamina to Hadera, which might make it difficult for the people of Haifa to evacuate.
Gilad Erdan, the Minister of Public Security ordered to direct all firefighting planes that operate in Israel to Haifa in an effort to bring the fire under control. Also 300 firefighters of home front command were called forth on emergency notice.