TEL AVIV (Sep. 30)
Firemen battled for 10 hours today to put out a blaze that caused serious damage and destroyed many documents in a five-story building housing banks and other business offices here. There were no casualties. The fire started in air conditioning machinery and spread through air conditioning ducts which required firemen to rip out the false ceilings in each room to reach the flames. The building which has a stone facade but is composed of inflammable materials inside housed the Kupat Am Bank, the Mortgage Bank and the Africa-Israel Investment Corp. It is adjacent to the 20-story Shalom Tower, Israel’s tallest building.