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On Tuesday morning, a fire broke out in a high-rise complex in the city of Uman, Ukraine, a city that has a vibrant Jewish population. The blaze erupted in a building close to the tziyun of Rav Nachman of Breslov, a site commonly visited by Jews all over the world around on Yomim Tovim.
Volunteer EMS first responders from United Hatzalah as well as the organization’s ambulance team from the city responded to the emergency and treated 8 people who had suffered light injuries including burns and smoke inhalation. Those injured included a number of Breslov Chassidim who were visiting the city for Shavuos. Those injured in the blaze were evacuated by local firefighters before they were treated by United Hatzalah teams for their injuries.
Nati Osteri a United Hatzalah EMT who was in Uman for Yomtov and helped treat those injured together with the local teams said: “The United Hatzalah ambulance team assisted local teams in evacuating those injured and bringing them to the local medical clinic. It was very moving to see the local United Hatzalah volunteers in action from the early morning hours until now working long hours to make sure that everyone receives the fastest possible treatment. The volunteers assisted in helping dozens of residents evacuate the building even before the local fire department was able to arrive.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem/Photo Credit: United Hatzalah)