55-year-old Tovah Kararo, a nurse working at an HMO on Kaplan Street in Cholon, was killed this morning in a suspected arson attack in her workplace. The attacker poured an accelerant into the room where Tovah was sitting and set it aflame.
Vladimir, a patient present during the incident, recalled the harrowing scenes of the incident. “I was waiting in line when I heard screaming,” he told Ynet. “When I approached, I saw the woman burning, surrounded by people trying to put the fire out. It was horrible. “I saw Karni (the clinic’s physician) taking the extinguisher and jumping into the fire. I joined him and tried pouring water, but within seconds the smoke got so thick that we couldn’t even see her,” Vladimir said, sadly adding “Dr. Karni is a hero, really is. But we couldn’t save her.”
Kararo was a dedicated nurse who worked for more than 25 years in the clinic. She was found lifeless and pronounced dead by paramedics from Magen David Adom.
The 78-year-old suspect is a mentally ill Holocaust survivor. Ynet reports that he seems to have received a flue vaccination about a week ago and has since gone to the clinic daily to complain about it and about the clinic’s medical staff.