Israeli police say negligence likely caused blaze

A Russian firefighting plane sprays fire extinguishing material over the fire in Ein Hod, northern Israel, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The cause of the worst forest fire in Israel's history is likely negligence, not arson, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters from around the world battled the blaze whipping through northern pine forests toward the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

December 4, 2010 2:53:47 PM PST
Negligence, not arson, appears to have caused the worst forest fire in Israel's history, police said Saturday as firefighters from around the world worked to quell the deadly blaze for a third consecutive day.

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