Couple killed by fumes from leaky gas heater
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Couple killed by fumes from leaky gas heater

Man and woman from Bedouin community in the Negev found lying on their bathroom floor

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative: A Magen David Adom ambulance. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: A Magen David Adom ambulance. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A man and woman were killed on Tuesday after apparently inhaling leaking gas from a water heater.

The couple, in their 30s and from a Bedouin community near the town of Hura in the northern Negev, were pronounced dead by paramedics who tried to resuscitate them.

The mother of one of the victims found the pair sprawled on their bathroom floor Tuesday morning. Family members rushed the injured people by car to the Shoket road junction where they were met by Magen David Adom ambulance crews. Medics tried to resuscitate the couple but, unable to obtain any response, declared them dead.

An initial investigation pointed to a leaking gas water heater as the probably cause of the fatal accident.

Fire and rescue services who went to the couple’s home after the incident noticed a strong smell of gas in the bathroom. Fire officials noted that many improvised heating systems found in the Bedouin community, including gas tanks placed inside homes, present a deadly threat to residents.

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