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Fire erupts at military facility

JERUSALEM, April 6 (JTA) — A fire erupted this week in a storeroom at a military facility in central Israel, causing one person to be treated for smoke inhalation. Police said the fire Sunday was set off at the Malam company, a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries, in Be’er Ya’acov, south of Tel Aviv. The fire, which sent smoke billowing into the air and caused sharp fumes, was brought under control and posed no danger to the surrounding area, said an IAI spokeswoman. She also said no explosion took place. Officials from Israel’s Environment Ministry said there were no toxic materials in the area and that no evacuations were necessary. Firetrucks, ambulances and police cars rushed to the scene of the blaze. Israel has been on high alert for terrorist bombings since a suicide bomber killed three Israelis last month at a Tel Aviv cafe.