Tragedy in Rechovot: Father, 5 Children Perish in Fire


rechovot-fireA residential fire that broke out in Rechovot to night claimed the lives of six people – a father and his five children, ages 2-11.

Several people suffered smoke inhalation injuries and were taken to Kaplan Medical Center in Rechovot.

Mass Fire and Rescue Services and Magen David Adom emergency services teams were dispatched to the scene, where firefighters struggled to control the flames.

According to available details, around 10 pm Israel’s urgent assistance line received a call reporting a residential fire at Rechovot’s Rechov Najara.

Mass emergency response teams rushed to the scene. Chief Superintendent Yair Hezroni told Ynet: “We received a call regarding a residential fire. We don’t know how the fire broke out yet. A father and his five children were in a housing unit located in the building’s backyard. We think that the children were asleep.”

An MDA official told that, “This is a tragic event. Upon arrival at the scene we found an adult and five children, they all suffered extensive burns and were unconscious. We initiated resuscitation protocols but unfortunately, to no avail.”

Several eyewitnesses told Ynet that other family members arrived at the scene and watched, horrified, as firefighters battled the flames. The children’s mother was among them.

Yoni, a volunteer with the Fire Department recounted the first moments on the scene: “When we arrived the housing unit in the back engulfed in flames.

“Once the firefighters had the flames under control we entered the premises. We first saw the adult and the bodies of four children next to him. We later discovered the body of another child.

“This was one of the most difficult scenes I’ve ever come across. Those people didn’t stand a chance.”

Police sources said the circumstances of the fire were unknow. The Central Police District announced that it will form a special taskforce to probe the fire.

{Yair Israel/Ynet}


  1. Baruch Dayan HaEmes What a tragedy we caused , cause we cant get our act together & do teshuva

    WHAT ARE WE ALL WAITING FOR? has klal yisroel gotten the message from Hashem-waiting for us to start doing teshuva-have YOU done anything yet? how many more tragedies & Tzaddikim will it take C”V before we wake up & start doing teshuva? OVER 80 GEDOLEI HADOR have passed away within the past year R”L. HOW MANY MORE DO WE NEED TO LOSE C”V to let hashem know that we get the message for klal yisroel to start doing teshuva ASAP?

    it makes me cry when such tragic events occur & we still dont change our ways & take Hashem wake-up call for teshuva. first the tragedy in france, then many geolim pass away & now this happens. AD MOSAI?

    may we only hear of happiness in the future & may Mashiach come ASAP

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  3. If you think we need Iran to wake us up you are wrong.

    Hashem is begging us to wake up an do Teshuva.

    We are dreaming and running around to get that special new clothing for Pesach so we can show it off in the hotel or to friends but Hashem is crying out loud and begging us to get closer to him so we may still merit to bring a Korban Pesach this year.


  4. Baruch Dayan Emes. Hashem y’rachem.
    Too many tragedies; really hard to digest. We really do need the geulah immediately!