Major Fire Burning in Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM -
View of a large fire that broke at a warehouse in Givat Shaul neighborhood on May 16, 2016. Photo by Shlomi Cohen/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ùøéôä ëáàé ëéáåé îùèøä ùåèø
View of a large fire that broke out at a warehouse in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Yerushalayim on Monday. (Shlomi Cohen/Flash90)

A large fire at a warehouse in Givat Shaul, near the entrance to Yerushalayim, consumed part of the Yerushalayim Forest and forced the closure of Road 1, the main entrance into the city. There were no injuries reported.

The huge fire in Yerushalayim, Monday. (Yerushalayim Fire Brigade)
The huge fire in Yerushalayim, Monday. (Yerushalayim Fire Brigade)

Traffic was being rerouted at the Anava Junction, where drivers on Road 1 headed to Yerushalayim could pick up Road 443 into the city. Drivers were also being directed to Road 9, near the Mevasseret Tziyon intersection. Needless to say, traffic into the city was almost at a standstill.

Ultra orthodox jewish men carrying out Torah scrolls from a synagogue at the scene where a fire that broke at a warehouse in Givat Shaul neighborhood on May 16, 2016. Photo by Shlomi Cohen/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ùøéôä ëáàé ëéáåé îùèøä ùåèø áéú ëðñú çøãéí

Men evacuating sifrei Torah and sefarim from a shul close to the fire in Givat Shaul, Monday afternoon. (Shlomi Cohen/Flash90)

 

Large fires also broke out in Be’er Sheva, Beit Shemesh and several other locations around the country.

Israel experienced a second day of 40-plus Centigrade (close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit) temperatures Monday, with the resultant record demand in electricity – and numerous brush fires that were either set deliberately or the result of negligence.