Gilo homes damaged by deadly gas explosion to be demolished and rebuilt

Nearly two years after a gas explosion at an apartment complex in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood killed four residents, the municipality on Sunday announced that all the homes damaged by the explosion will be demolished and rebuilt.

Costs for the project, to be carried out by a private contractor, will be defrayed by the resulting insurance claims from the January 2014 blast, caused by a Supergas technician’s negligence.

Avraham and Galit Tufan, ages 56 and 42, respectively, and their two-year-old son, Yosef Haim, were killed instantly in their third-floor apartment during the 1:30 a.m. blast, which also took the life of 50-year-old Linda Schvartz days later.


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