Israel's Fire Survivors Piece Lives Back Together

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BEIT OREN, Israel -- The largest fire in Israel's history has been extinguished. For those who lost everything, the process of putting their lives back together is just beginning.

"The Kibbutz was moved on Thursday at 12:30," Erel Artzy, manager of Kibbutz Beit Oren.

Artzy gave CBN News exclusive information about the damage caused by the fire.

"We have suffered with about 11 buildings about 45 apartments which were completely destroyed," Artzy said. "All the people want to do now is to come back to their homes."

Yet, for many there are no homes to return to. Scenes of destruction litter the area including burned cars, destroyed belongings, and gutted buildings that will need to be demolished. Some residents came back to retrieve a few of their belongings not destroyed in the fire. Most of them are still in shock.

"You can see everything is burned," Artzy said. "It's not a good feeling to see all of your Kibbutz going down."

Beit Oren is located in the heart of a region known as the Carmel, one of the most scenic areas in all of Israel. The prophet Elijah fought the prophets of Baal not far from there. The Kibbutz is surrounded by a forest which provided the fuel for the devastating fire.

After the fire was extinguished, workmen began to clean up the area. While the fire still smoldered around the Kibbutz, Operation Blessing International brought a donation to help the people of the Kibbutz begin to put their lives together.

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