12-year-old dies after petah Tikva house fire


A day after a fire consumed a home in Petah Tikva, a 12-year-old boy seriously injured in the blaze died on Friday evening.

Emil Alufer was taken to hospital in critical condition in the early hours of Thursday with severe burns and smoke inhalations, doctors said.

Another man in his 50s was seriously injured after rushing into the house to save Alufer’s younger siblings. The two, aged 10 and 7, suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation. The neighbor could not reach Emil.

Volunteers from the fire and rescue services arrived shortly after and managed to extract the boy, who was apparently trapped in the shower.

He was taken to Schneider Medical Center, along with his younger siblings. The neighbor was taken to the adjacent Rabin Medical Center.

The boy died Friday evening, the hospital said in a statement.

A fire destroys a house in Petah Tikva on September 23, 2021 (Fire and Rescue Services)

Firefighters were investigating whether the fire was caused by an unattended or faulty electric scooter battery. A Channel 12 News reporter found a number of scooters and chargers in the living room of the apartment.

“I woke up from an explosion,” Emil’s father, Gadi Alufer, told Channel 13. “The fire spread in such a way that I couldn’t get inside even an inch,” he said.

“I couldn’t save him. He shouted “daddy” and that’s it, “he added.

Such batteries, if not handled properly, would have started many fires in the past.

“There must be some extreme law, in my opinion, regarding this story. It’s not the first time I’ve heard of an exploding scooter battery, ”the boy’s mother, Revital Alufer, told the network.

“As the popularity of e-bikes and scooters increases, we hear more and more about fires caused by dangerous battery charging,” Orly Silvinger, head of the organization for the safety of children, told Channel 12. children “Beterem”.

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