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Major fire under control in Jerusalem area

JTA

August 8, 2012 | 3:07 pm

A major fire in the Jerusalem area believed to be arson is under control.

More than 40 firefighting squads and two firefighting planes came together to put out the fire on Wednesday near the Hadassah Ein-Kerem Medical Center. Some hospital visitors were evacuated, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Four West Bank Palestinians found nearby were arrested in connection with the blaze, which started in several places. Police believe the fire was set intentionally but have not ruled out the possibility that hikers accidentally set the blaze.

A smaller fire, requiring 20 fire crews and two firefighting planes, was contained in the Carmel Mountains.

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