Photo Credit: Wikimedia / Matanya
Israel Fire and Rescue Service on October 16, 2011

A huge blaze kept 25 firefighting teams busy for hours on Saturday as they battled the flames at the two-story Z Center Shopping Mall in the Arab city of Qalansawe in central Israel.

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Three people were injured in the blaze but are reported in good condition.

Shoppers at the mall were evacuated early Saturday afternoon by Israel Police officers and firefighters from the Israel Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters had difficulty reaching the site due to heavy congestion from evacuating shoppers. They battled the blaze for hours.

The roof on the second floor of the shopping mall caved in from fire damage shortly after shoppers were evacuated.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.