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Five Dead, Eight Injured in Wine Cellar Blast in Israel Town

Five persons were burned alive yesterday in Bin-yamina in a fire caused by an explosion in an alcohol fermentation vat in the Eliaz Wine Cellars. A Labor Ministry inspector said that it appeared the blast had been caused by ignition of alcohol fumes from sparks of a nearby welding operation. Eight persons suffered injuries in the blast, and two of them were reported still in critical condition.

The victims were a Jerusalem woman and her 14-year-old son, an 18-year-old girl, and two male workers. One of them, Yaakov Deutsch, was the adopted son of a British Jewish millionaire, B. Williams, owner of the wine cellars.