TEL AVIV (Aug. 23)
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.