Fire in Rehovot hostel may have been caused by burning cigarette

Firefighters' investigation reveals: Fire which killed hostel resident may have been caused by cigarette.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Firefighter (stock image)
Firefighter (stock image)

Firefighters are investigating suspicions that the cause of the deadly fire in Rehovot was a cigarette that was left burning.

On Monday morning, a 45-year-old man had perished in a fire that broke out in the city's Beit Hannah hostel for the mentally ill.

Twenty-two residents and three staff members were present in the hostel, at the time of the fire, and 19 of them sustained light injuries.

All of those injured were evacuated to Rehovot's Kaplan Medical Center and to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin.

The man who perished suffered multiple burns and his death was determined at the scene.