Fire official says building was 'a death trap'

Girl, 3, dies in blaze at vacation home in northern ecological village

Libby Kalich was vacationing with her family in wooden home; mother seriously injured, father in moderate condition, as fire engulfs building; brother, 6, unharmed

Libby Kalich (Courtesy)
Libby Kalich (Courtesy)

A 3-year-old girl died Monday morning in a fire that broke out in a vacation home in the Adama ecological village in the Western Galilee region in the north of the country. She was named later Monday as Libby Kalich.

Her parents were both injured in the blaze in the wooden home and were helicoptered to a hospital. Her brother, 6, was unharmed.

The family is from Petah Tikva and were vacationing at the site.

An investigation has been opened into the cause of the fire. Initial indications, based on interviews with Kalich’s parents, were that the blaze began with a box of matches or a lighter that the children may have been playing with, Kan Radio reported.

The alert about the blaze was raised by a motorist who saw the building burning as he drove nearby.

First responders attended to the parents, who reportedly alerted rescue services that their daughter was still inside, but medics at the scene were unable to enter, as the flames had engulfed the wooden building.

Firefighters at the scene of a fatal fire in the western Galilee on April 18, 2022 (Fire and Rescue Services)

When firefighters entered the still-burning structure, they found the girl in one of the rooms. She was brought out showing no vital signs, and medics eventually declared her dead.

Kalich’s mother, 44, was seriously injured, suffering from second-degree burns and smoke inhalation. She was taken to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The father, who also had second-degree burns and suffered from smoke inhalation, was in moderate condition and taken to the Galil Medical Center in Nahariya.

The Kalich family (via Facebook)

It took firefighters hours to put out the fire, which also spread to open areas near the building.

The northern district Fire and Rescue Services opened an investigation into the incident, and police later called in the site’s owners for questioning.

Screen capture from video of a deadly fire in the village of Adama, April 18, 2022. (Walla)

Senior local Fire Service official Shahar Tsairi told Kan Radio that the wooden structure was “a death trap” that did not meet legal requirements.

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