Two Soldiers Badly Hurt in Air Base Fire

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Two Israeli soldiers were reported in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in a fire at the Ramon Air Force base in southern Israel on Sunday evening, according to media reports.

IAF helicopters airlifted the two soldiers to the Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer.

Prof. Yossi Hayek, director of the Sheba Burn Unit, said the soldiers “were burned by flammable material, and are suffering burns on 70-80 percent of their bodies. They are also suffering from smoke inhalation.

“The ER and trauma teams are giving them the same treatment as those suffering from multi-systemic injuries, and they are currently undergoing fluid resuscitation. Their lives are in danger,” he said.

The base’s firefighting unit extinguished the fire minutes after it broke out, but not before the two soldiers were injured and serious damage was caused to facilities at the base.

The IDF launched an immediate investigation into the cause of the fire, including the possibility that it started as a result of the immolation of flammable liquid.