Some 60,000 residents of Haifa fled their homes on Thursday as six separate blazes torn through eight neighborhoods around the city.
Along with many private homes and businesses, at least one yeshiva has been destroyed in the firestorm.
Yeshivat Mevaser Shalom was scorched Thursday afternoon, the victim of an apparent arson attack singling out the institution.
The building, which also houses a kindergarten, was totally ruined in the blaze, but not before all students, teachers, and children in the kindergarten managed to safely evacuate. There are no reports of injuries.