Officials: 22 dead, 25 seriously injured in Israeli forest fire
December 2nd, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Officials: 22 dead, 25 seriously injured in Israeli forest fire

[Updated at 11:42 a.m.] At least 22 people are dead and 25 seriously injured in a forest fire in northern Israel, according to the country's ambulance service, which initially said 40 people were killed.

[Posted at 10:18 a.m.] Some 40 people have been killed in a raging fire near Haifa in northern Israel, Israeli ambulance service officials told CNN Thursday.

The fire broke out in the Carmel forest region. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN that some 3,000 square meters of trees were up in flames.

Rosenfeld said that a bus in the area overturned and emergency forces were trying to reach it. A spokesman for Israel's prison authority said the bus was carrying prison employees and that no prisoners were on board.

It is not clear how the fire started.

Firefighters were continuing to fight the blaze as authorities evacuated communities in the area.

The fire has been bolstered by strong winds and has torched tens of square kilometres of forest, cutting power and covering Haifa in smoke.

Inmates of the Damon prison were forced to evacuate and were sent to temporary jails nearby.

Police are investigating if the blaze started in an illegal dumping ground.

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  1. Name*TonyB

    let these greddy penny worshippers burn .... They will just go and grab more land illegally.....

    December 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      You had any bains You still be stupid!!! Why don't You racist put us out of Our Misery and kill Yourselves???

      December 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CivilDisobedient

    The scary thing is that it's nearly impossible to differentiate between the trolls and the actual, completely off-the-rocker, antisemites.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Brains (Sorry)

      December 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

    Most of the People talk through hate not through the truth!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Noa

    Your comments disgust me. 40 INNOCENT people died, and you're saying it's karma or laughing at the whole situation? Honestly, you should be ashame of yourselves.
    For your information, those 40 people were on their way to save Palestinian prisoners from the fire, because the Israeli government and nation recognize they have the right to live and not be abandoned to die there, even if they're considered as "enemies".

    December 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. israeli

    40 officials are dead... they were on their way to evacuate a prison and the fire caught them... and some fire trucks were caught on fire too

    December 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. israeli

    people still think jews cantroll Europe?
    LOL humans are stupid.
    and there are 3 different sources to the fire... officials in Israel think it was on purples... real karma

    December 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Proud israeli

    When in your Country I will Hear that you have a big fire I just Laugh .
    i am israeli and Jewish and I love my country and i Proud about it.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      why say that? Let people laugh.(don't get me wrong)
      But why be like those that are being ignored?

      December 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • gracie

      I agree. But of course, I will not laugh at the innocent people because they do not deserve to be hurt. If this fire was in Canada or France, people would not be so mean. May the souls of those were so sadly killed rest in peace. God bless their souls, and may God haver mercy on Israel.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tron (Daft Punk)

    Awww so sorry to hear about the trees getting burned. I hope the forest lives strong!!!
    LONG LIVE the TREES!!! Be strong neighboring trees. The trees that got burned will come back lusher and more beautiful. 🙂

    December 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. adi

    I live in Israel, and what happens here is crazy
    All the wood was burned, people evacuated from their homes and 40 people who risked their lives for the country were killed!
    I hope that the situation Yesatfr neighboring countries will help us put out the great damage caused
    Happy Chanukah Israel

    December 3, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. a doubter

    Just G-d's way of evicting those who stole the land from its rightful owners.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • thalia

      That is not true! Shut dup about Israel and don't not be mean. The land belongs to God's children, all of His children.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. thalia

    Those poor people. May God have mercy on their souls.

    December 5, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
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