Fire at IDF HQ sends black smoke over Tel Aviv
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Fire at IDF HQ sends black smoke over Tel Aviv

Authorities say blaze is under control, with no injuries, after small mess hall is engulfed in flames

A view of the fire at the IDF Kirya base in Tel Aviv, March 5, 2014 (Photo credit: Noa Cohen)
A view of the fire at the IDF Kirya base in Tel Aviv, March 5, 2014 (Photo credit: Noa Cohen)

A fire broke out in the IDF’s central headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, sending a large plume of black smoke into the sky above the beachside city and causing concern among residents. According to the army, the fire was under control and no soldiers were injured.

Israel Radio reported that a mess hall at the Kirya base had caught fire. Firefighters arrived at the scene, and the fire did not spread beyond the one building.

A spokesman for the Tel Aviv fire department said the single-story building had been entirely engulfed by flames but was relatively isolated from other buildings. Soldiers in the area were evacuated.

Channel 2 reported that soldiers heard an explosion before the fire broke out, and authorities were checking whether a gas explosion had caused the blaze.

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