Couple killed by fire in Jaffa building
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Couple killed by fire in Jaffa building

Structure partly collapses due to blaze whose cause is yet unknown; woman lightly injured by smoke inhalation

The bodies of two people were found Sunday in a building in Jaffa that caught fire overnight.

Police identified them as a 65-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman. The father of the woman who died told Army Radio the two were married and had three children.

Their names were not immediately released by authorities.

The announcement of their deaths came shortly after police said rescue teams were working to locate two people feared trapped inside the building.

A 67-year-old woman passing by the building was also lightly injured due to smoke inhalation. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said she was taken to a hospital for further treatment.

Part of the building collapsed due to the fire, whose cause police were investigating.

The fire erupted in a store on the ground floor of the building, which is located near the flea market in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv. The upper stories of the building, which house apartments, were reportedly unoccupied by tenants at the time due to renovations.

The Haaretz daily reported that the deceased man was the owner of the store on the ground floor.

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