At least three people were killed and four others were wounded on Monday night after an explosion rocked the city of Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, The Haaretz reported.
Emergency responders, including those from the Home Front Command, continue to search for people trapped under the rubble at the site of the blast, a hardware store on Yefet Street, one of the city's main roads.
The blast, which caused a fire, eventually brought down the one-story building. Two of those wounded were driving by the building when the blast occurred, which caused their vehicle to overturn. Police are investigating whether gas cylinders were involved in the explosion.
The deceased were recovered by police after more than two hours of rescue efforts and the wounded were evacuated Wolfson Medical Center in Holon for treatment. Due to confusion among the various rescue organizations, conflicting reports were received during the night regarding the amount of fatalities.
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In addition to the wounded, three people were treated for shock. A man who lives near the building said "there was a crazy explosion, the whole area was shaking." Another person in an adjacent building told Haaretz that "all the windows started shaking and there was a huge explosion. At first we thought there was a car bomb."
Police say the incident was most likely not a criminal event, though damage is significant and the investigation has only just begun.