Two children perished in a fire in an apartment in Beitar Illit on Rechov Knesset Mordechai on Tuesday night, and 11 others suffered various degrees of injury, according to initial reports.
Three of the victims were evacuated to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Yerushalayim in light to moderate condition; another eight were treated for light injuries at the scene, according to Magen Dovid Adom.
Four firefighting units were dispatched to the scene, evacuating residents from the five-story building and working to put out the fire. A crane was brought from Yerushalayim to help to bring the fire under control and rescue people trapped inside the building.
The two children were found without signs of life on a balcony that was full of thick smoke.
Beitar Illit city officials said that the two children who succumbed in the fire were Efras Ginzberg (age 4) and Tzvi Ginzberg (age 2).